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How to Identify and Treat a Dislocated or Fractured Jaw

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After an injury, your jaw may become broken or dislocated. These injuries can be excruciating and are often treated as medical emergencies. Jaw injuries typically occur in the temporomandibular joint, which can become cracked, broken, or unhinged. Understanding the symptoms of a fractured or dislocated jaw can help you recognize when you are injured and seek treatment as soon as possible. 

The first-class oral surgeons at Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group are dedicated to providing our patients with compassionate and state-of-the-art care as we address their unique concerns. We understand how frightening and painful a jaw injury can be and will prioritize your health and comfort through every stage of your treatment journey. We tailor our approach to each patient’s unique needs so you can leave our office happy and pain-free. 

Symptoms of Dislocated and Fractured Jaws

While both injuries occur in the same area, the symptoms for dislocated and fractured jaws can vary greatly. Some common symptoms of a dislocated jaw include the following:

  • Pain in your face or jaw
  • Bite misalignment, such as an overbite
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving your jaw
  • Inability to close your mouth
  • Difficulty speaking

When someone suffers an injury that breaks or fractures their jaw, they may have other facial injuries, such as a broken nose or swollen cheeks. A few other common symptoms of a cracked or broken jaw include the following:

  • Pain and swelling in the face and jaw
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Dislodged teeth
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Face numbness

If you believe you are suffering from a broken or dislocated jaw, it is essential to seek professional medical treatment as soon as you can. If left untreated, jaw injuries can significantly interfere with your ability to speak, eat, and breathe. 

Treatment Options For Dislocated and Fractured Jaws

A dislocated jaw can sometimes be treated without surgery. Depending on the severity of your injury, your doctor may be able to manipulate your jaw into the correct position manually. Your doctor will use anesthesia or muscle relaxants to help move your jaw with minimal pain and discomfort. However, surgery may be required for more severe injuries. After repositioning your jaw, your doctor may secure it with a bandage around your head and neck to ensure it can heal in the correct position.

On the other hand, a broken jaw typically requires surgical intervention. While some minor cracks and fractures can heal on their own with immobilization, more severe breaks may require the surgical insertion of screws and metal plates to repair the jaw. As you recover, your surgeon may recommend jaw exercises or physical therapy so you can regain a normal and pain-free range of motion. When you consult with a skilled oral surgeon, they can advise you on the best treatment options available to address your unique injuries. 

Schedule an Appointment With a Highly-Qualified Oral Surgeon Today

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with a broken or dislocated jaw, do not hesitate to contact a highly-qualified oral surgeon. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, our team of oral and maxillofacial specialists is ready to deliver the highest standard of care to our patients across New Jersey. 

Our founder, Dr. Nancy Herbst, has more than 25 years of experience treating a wide range of conditions and ensuring her patients are comfortable and satisfied with their care. When you enter our office, you can expect to be treated with compassion and respect through every step of your treatment and recovery. To schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you, call us today at (908) 663-5309 or complete our contact form.