Posted on 3/10/2020 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
|A broken jaw is a type of facial injury in which the jawbone experiences a fracture. Some of the common causes of broken jaws are sports injuries, accidental falls, accidents, and physical assaults in the face.
Sometimes, people hardly realize they have broken jaws until the situation becomes serious. You, therefore, need to watch out for the following signs as they could be a pointer to a broken jaw.
Signs Of A Broken JawThe most common symptom of a broken jaw is usually a stiff and painful jaw that may result in swelling of the entire face. In severe cases of broken jaws, it becomes difficult to move the jaws at all and chewing or speaking becomes difficult. At times, there is also bleeding from the mouth that is accompanied by difficulties in breathing. This is because the blood flow from the mouth blocks your airways.
Some people also experience numbness in the face because of the trauma. This is usually accompanied by abnormal facial shapes, loosened teeth, and a lumpy appearance. If you notice that your teeth don't fit correctly after experiencing facial trauma, it could also be a sign of a broken jaw. Furthermore, you should watch out for bruised gums, and chipped or broken teeth.
In less serious cases of a broken jaw, it could take some time before you start experiencing the symptoms. It is advisable to visit our clinic for a checkup after having physical facial trauma. In some cases, we might need to do a dental x-ray to see the extent of the damage. You should never resort to home remedies or over-the-counter medication for broken jaws as it is best to have it evaluated at our clinic. Get in touch with us immediately if you suspect you have a broken jaw.