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Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken


Posted on 9/23/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Signs Your Jaw May Be BrokenIf you play contact sports or suffered trauma to the face, you may have a broken jaw. Pain in the jaw is not unusual, but whenever there is a blow to the head or face, you need to watch for symptoms of a breakage. It is important you let us know about your symptoms as soon as possible so we can get you in for an evaluation.

Injuries to the Jaw

A broken jaw is a fracture of the jaw bone, while a dislocated jaw is a misalignment of the jaw. Our surgeons can treat both conditions successfully, but once a jaw is dislodged, the risk of it happening again increase.

Injuries to the jaw can happen in many ways, including a blow during a rough football game, getting hit by a ball during a game, a car accident, a fall or even intentionally during a fight. Whenever you think your jaw may be broken, it is essential to get treated as soon as possible to prevent more severe complications.

Symptoms of a Broken Jaw

The most visible sign of a broken jaw is pain in the area. You may also notice your bite is off or your teeth fit together differently than they used to. Having trouble chewing, yawning, or eating can be another indication that your jaw bone is broken.

If there is bleeding inside the mouth or bruising under the tongue could be a sign you need to be seen.
When you experience any of these symptoms, it can mean your jaw is broken or dislocated, and you may need treatment.

The sooner we can see you the better to avoid other complications such as airway blockage, breathing blood into the lungs, a temporary difficulty with speaking or eating, an infection of the jaw, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, swelling, and problems with teeth alignment. Please call our office as soon as possible to get evaluated.
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