Why Do People Often Have Jaw Pain After Car Accidents?
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Huronia Oral Surgery Group
A car accident can be fatal and detrimental to anyone. It can lead to several complications, including internal injuries and fractures that may affect temporomandibular joints (TMJs). With the TMJs compromised, the victim can feel a lot of pain in addition to causing eating and speaking problems. A car accident exposes your body to vigorous movements. These movements make your body to move in different directions abruptly, thus affecting vital organs and joints. This may lead to the victim of a car accident to experience jaw pain from time to time.
How a Car Accident Affects Your Jaw
Most people assume that their jaw pain comes as a result of hitting their heads or jaws on steering wheels or airbags during a car accident. But this is not always the case. During an accident, you experience a whiplash due to a sudden impact on your car. The phenomenon forces your head to move in various directions. This massive force causes your mandible or lower jaw to stay in one place in a fraction of a second. As a result, your connective tissues and ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits.
With the connective tissue and ligaments compromised, swelling and discomfort in your jaws ensue. Tasks such as talking, eating, and drinking may become difficult. Also, you may find out that the pain in your jaw comes and goes or flare up when performing certain activities.
Exposure to whiplash trauma puts you at the risk of acquiring delayed TMJ symptoms. That is the reason why you might experience jaw pain some time after being involved in a car accident. The pain can last up to a year if you have not received any treatment. Make sure to inform us about your involvement in a recent car accident for further assistance. Let us know about your jaw pain by calling or visiting our office today.