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Signs You May Have a Fractured Jaw

Posted on 5/20/2019 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
Signs You May Have a Fractured JawWhen people break or fracture a bone in their body, they may think it is obvious. People think if they fracture their leg they cannot walk or if they fracture their arm, they would not be able to use it. The reality is that there are many fractures that are not so obvious.

It is possible to fracture different parts of your body and ignore the signs that there is a problem. A fractured jaw is one of the parts of the body that you may not realize there is a problem. There are some signs that would mean you have a fractured jaw.

How Jaw Fractures Happen

A fractured jaw is the result of some type of trauma. Car accidents getting hit in the jaw and falling on the face are some of the causes of a fractured jaw. Many people confuse a bruised or dislocated jaw with a fracture. While it may require a professional using different equipment to properly diagnose a fractured jaw, there are signs that a person should look for after they are involved in some type of trauma that put their jaw at risk.

Symptoms to Watch For
To know whether you have suffered a fractured jaw, you need to know what the signs of a fracture are. Knowing the signs of a dislocated jaw can also help a person differentiate between the two. If a jaw is fractured, these are things to look for.

•  Pain. Pain in the jaw or face, especially on only one side.
•  Stiff Jaw. The jaw may seem stiff or difficult to move.
•  Bruising, swelling and tenderness in the jaw and face area.
•  Bleeding in the mouth or gums.
•  Damaged teeth. Broken, chipped or damaged teeth.

A dislocated jaw has some slightly different symptoms that include difficulty speaking or closing the mouth. A person with a dislocated jaw may also have a hard time closing the mouth.

It is possible for a person to have both a dislocated and fractured jaw. If you have suffered any type of trauma to your jaw or face, you may want to get checked for a possible fracture. It is best to treat the fracture as soon as possible.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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