Common symptoms of trauma to the jaw joints include persistent or recurring pain in the jaw joint area, difficulty or discomfort while chewing or talking, jaw stiffness or locking, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, headaches, earaches, facial pain or tenderness, toothaches, and muscle tension in the jaw or face. These symptoms can become chronic and significantly impact daily activities and quality of life, leading to functional limitations and emotional distress.She experienced debilitating symptoms, including chronic pain, difficulty chewing and speaking, limited jaw movement, and impaired quality of life due to the loss of teeth and jaw fractures.
This patient lost several of her upper teeth as a result of a traumatic motor vehicle accident. She also had bilateral subcondylar fractures, and a parasymphyseal fracture. These injuries resulted in an inability to function properly, significantly compromising her ability to eat, speak, and perform basic jaw movements. In order to address the wideness of the lower jaw the jaw was constricted by using a custom plate and removal of one incisor. The upper jaw and lower jaw were advanced and total joint replacements were placed along with placement of quad zygomatic implants to provide dentition. The bone quality of the maxilla was not conducive to conventional implants. The upper teeth had guarded long term prognosis. Now the patient has a more triangular face, addressing the widened jaw angles. The extensive trauma necessitated surgical intervention to address the fractures and restore functional abilities, leading to improved function and enhanced quality of life post-surgery.