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What Is a Broken or Dislocated Jaw?
A broken or dislocated jaw is an injury or fracture of the jaw bone – the bone that extends from the chin to the back of the ear.
The jaw joints, called the Temporomandibular joints (TMJ), can break, crack or become unhinged (dislocated) from the skull.
What Are the Causes of Dislocation of Jaw?
A facial injury is the main cause of a broken or dislocated jaw.
Common injuries that can cause the dislocation of jaw are:
- Physical attack
- Sports injury
- Vehicle accident
- Industrial mishap
What are the symptoms of a broken jaw?
- Bleeding from mouth
- Pain while trying to open mouth widely
- Facial bruising and swelling
- Stiffness of jaw
- Tenderness or pain in jaw
- Pain during biting, chewing and swallowing
- Loose or damaged teeth
- Numbness in face and gums
- Lumpy appearance around jaw or on face
What are the symptoms of a dislocated jaw?
- Crooked bite
- Improper alignment of teeth
- Drooling due to inability to close mouth
- Pain in the face or jaw
- Difficult in talking
- Protruded jaw
What complications can arise from a broken or dislocated jaw?
- Blocking of airway
- Inhaling food or blood into lungs
- Temporary difficulty in eating or talking
- Difficulty in aligning of teeth
- Infection in the jaw or face
- Pain in TMJ
What is the Treatment for Jaw Injuries?
Jaw injuries require immediate medical attention due to possibility of breathing problems and inhaling blood.
For a broken jaw, temporary bandaging around the top of the head through chin can help keep the jaw in place.
If the fracture is minor, it can heal on its own with time.
For severe fractures, surgery might be needed.
A dislocated jaw can be treated manually.
Local anaesthetics and muscle relaxants will be given first to minimize the pain and enable the jaw muscle to relax and loosen up.
Once the jaw bone is ready to be manipulated, it can be brought back to its original position using the thumbs.
Surgery might be required in complex cases.
A broken or dislocated jaw is a severe injury and can be life threatening.
A broken or dislocated jaw is a severe injury and can be life threatening if not taken care of on time by specialists.
At the Sydney Centre for TMJ and Sleep Therapy, we have a specialized team to deal with complex cases of dislocation of jaw that treat such patients with extreme care.
We ensure that your treatment is supervised by the best specialists and that you receive the finest medical attention.
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