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Jaw - broken or dislocated

  • Alternative Names

    Dislocated jaw; Fractured jaw; Broken jaw; TMJ dislocation


    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)