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Signs You Have a Broken Jaw Following an Accident


Posted on 5/30/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Signs You Have a Broken Jaw Following an AccidentSome of the most common oral health problems people run into are the result of an accident. Accidents can put every part of the body at risk, whether it is an auto accident, a workplace accident or some other type of unexpected trauma. If the accident involves the mouth in any way, a broken jaw is a possibility. Watch for these signs of a problem with your jaw after you have been in an accident.

Trauma to the Jaw

A broken jaw usually requires some type of blunt force against it. That force can come from a punch, or a fall or an auto accident. While most people know that their jaw is hit by a punch, they do not always realize the damage the jaw gets from a fall or an auto accident. It is also possible that it will take a little time for a person to start to feel the symptoms of a broken jaw after an accident.

Watching for Symptoms
Some of the symptoms will arise soon after an accident, while others will take some time before they appear. Some of the symptoms will get worse the longer they are left untreated.

•  Bruising. When you suffer trauma to any part of the body, bruising is always a possibility. It may take some time for a bruising to appear before you notice it.
•  Bleeding. Depending on the severity of the break, it is possible that bleeding will occur.
•  Swelling. Even if there is no obvious bleeding or bruising, swelling may occur around the site of the injury.
•  Difficulty moving the jaw. Whether it is difficulty speaking, chewing or just moving the jaw, it is a sign of a possible problem.

The last sign is one that signifies problems in any part of the body. That sign is pain. If you have pain in the jaw after an accident, it is a sign that something is not right. It is best to come to our office to get it checked out, so treatment can begin before the problem gets worse.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment to talk about this or any other oral health issue.


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