Broken Jaw (cont.)
Broken Jaw Symptoms
In the majority of patients, the signs and symptoms of a jawbone fracture begin to develop immediately after some trauma to the jaw.
- The most common symptom is jaw pain.
- People may feel that your teeth do not fit together correctly (this is called a malocclusion). They may be unable to open their jaw all the way, have problems speaking or chewing food, or notice swelling or displacement of the jaw.
- The chin or lower lip may be numb because of damage to a nerve that runs through the mandible.
- Inside the mouth, bleeding or change in the normal lineup of teeth or both can be signs of a broken jaw. There might also be bruising under the tongue or even a cut in the ear canal due to movement backward of the broken jawbone.
- Drooling and the inability to close the mouth may occur.
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