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Broken Jaw (cont.)

Broken Jaw Symptoms

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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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/6/2012

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