According to my dentist, I now have a “normal persons jaw”. I can still feel it a little. Every now and then it clicks, but it does not cause me pain or keep me from eating anything. I still can’t bring myself to eat an apple. I think that is more because of the tooth I chipped though. My dentist built it up twice only for it to fall out, so I always had that fear. I now have a crown which shouldn’t fall out, but if it did that pain would be beyond belief. So, if not being able to eat an apple is the worst long term effect of my accident I think I’m doing alright.
I keep getting comments from people who have broken their jaws. It’s weird how there is this little community of us. I have to admit, I’d rather not be a member, but I am. I am glad my blog will hopefully help someone else make it through their time weird shut. If you have just stumbled across my blog, feel free to leave a comment or a link to your own blog. I know I found it comforting to connect with other people who had been through a broken jaw before.
It’s been just over 6 months since I broke my jaw. I am very happy to say I can now open my mouth 4 fingers wide!! The only food I struggle to eat is an apple. I think this may be because I’ve gotten used to eating slices and I prefer eating it that way now.
I’ve had the wires off just over 2 months now. I can almost open my mouth 3 fingers wide. I’m not sure how far I could open before . . . I’m also eating everything. I am able to eat a good sized sandwich now as well as corn on the cob.
So every blog I’ve read about broken jaws seems to get to this point, the point where they pretty much stop posting. I don’t have much to report on. I feel pretty normal now. My jaw is still sore if I open too wide, but overall I don’t feel like I have many limits with food. The biggest thing would be I don’t really enjoy eating sandwiches yet. I can eat them if I try, but it is a lot of work and usually very messy. If that is the only option, I usually try to get a wrap rather than a big piece of bread.
If you find my blog because you have recently broke your jaw, feel free to comment to me if you have any questions. If you decide to keep your own blog, I’d love to add it to my blog roll. That said, it always makes me a little sad when I check the hits on the blog and there is a big spike. I assume that means someone else has broken their jaw and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I’m glad I can hopefully provide others with a little help to get through it. Keep your head up and it will be behind you before you know it!
So it has been a little over three weeks since I go the wires off. I feel like I’m eating 90%+ of foods. I’ve had a steak, a good piece of sirlion that was not tough. I can eat a sandwich if it isn’t too big or on hard bread like a roll or a bagel. I have not tried an apple and don’t think I’m ready to eat one whole yet. I can comfortably get two fingers into my mouth with a very minimal amount of extra space. I’ve also been regularly eating salad which is so nice since we have a garden full of fresh veggies! Overall I’m finding it easier to go out to dinner and even to cook. If something is too hard to eat, I just cut it down to a more manageable size.
I ate a Subway sandwich today. I opted for flat bread rather than their standard bread, but still, I ate the whole thing with no utensils! When we went there I told myself if I couldn’t eat it, I’d just dump it all on a plate and eat it like a salad, but there was no need for that! I feel like I’ve made a lot of food progress in the last couple of days. I can bite into foods pretty well and have a decent opening. I am currently at about two fingers width, 16 days post wires.
I can finally bite into foods with my front teeth. It is nice to not have to cut everything as tiny. I’m far from full strength, but it is an improvement.
My mouth is a little sore today. I had two dentist appointments in a row this week, so it is to be expected. They were very gentle, but it still was tough holding my mouth open that long. They want me to come back in 3 months for another cleaning since it was tough to get to some spots.
Today I met with the dentist. He did cavity x-rays, but couldn’t get all of the done since I couldn’t open my mouth all the way. He said he didn’t see any cavities which was honestly a little bit of a surprise! He capped my tooth. It feels a little strange, more because I’ve become used to it not being there and now it it. I go back tomorrow to meet with the hygienist for a cleaning.
No huge updates from me. I go to the dentist this week to talk about fixing my chipped tooth and to get a cleaning. I have not had a lot of progress opening my mouth any further. I feel like I’m gaining some variety when eating food. I’ve been eating some chewier food like a luna bar. I also had salad last night, and it was not nearly as painful as I expected.
On Tuesday I got back on my bike for the first time since the crash. I wasn’t too nervous about it before hand. However, when I first got on the bike my heart was pounding. It took about two miles for me to get comfortable. Once I got over all the nerves I really enjoyed my ride. It felt so good to do what I love again and get a good workout. I could tell I was slightly more timid and my eyes were glued to the road the whole time. In time I’m sure I’ll get over the fear and relax a little bit.
If you broke your jaw participating in a sport I encourage you to get back to it as soon as you are able to. It mentally is challenging at first, but once you do it feels really good.