Alternative Names Dislocated jaw; Fractured jaw; Broken jaw; TMJ dislocation Symptoms Symptoms of a dislocated jaw include: Bite that feels "off" or crooked Difficulty speaking Drooling because of inability to close the mouth Inability to close the mouth Jaw that may protrude forward Pain in the face or jaw, located in front of the ear on the affected side, and gets worse with movement Teeth that do not line up properly Symptoms of a fractured (broken) jaw include: Bleeding from the mouth Difficulty opening the mouth widely Facial bruising Facial swelling Jaw stiffness Jaw tenderness or pain, worse with biting or chewing Loose or damaged teeth Lump or abnormal appearance of the cheek or jaw Numbness of the face (particularly the lower lip) Very limited movement of the jaw (with severe fracture)
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TMD; Temporomandibular joint disorders; Temporomandibular muscle disorders
Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:
Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
Dull, aching pain in the face
Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
Signs and tests
You may need to see more than one medical specialist for your TMJ pain and symptoms, such as your primary care provider, a dentist, or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, depending on your symptoms.
A thorough examination may involve:
A dental examination to show if you have poor bite alignment
Feeling the joint and connecting muscles for tenderness
Pressing around the head for areas that are sensitive or painful
Sliding the teeth from side to side
Watching, feeling, and...
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