ADA Accessibility Information


Bruce M. MacNicol, DDS, MS, FRCD (C)
Michael T. Jackson, BA, DDS, MSc, FRCD (C)
Andrew P. Gater, HBSc, DDS, FRCD (C)
Mohammad Mokhtari, HBSc, DDS, FRCD (C)
BARRIE OFFICE:  705-302-0357
NORTH BAY OFFICE:  705-475-0050
Huronia ReAppt Button Huronia ReferDoc Button

Signs You May Have a Fractured Jaw

Posted on 4/25/2017 by Tricia Ramsay
A woman suffering from a dental abscess.Your jaw plays an important role in your daily life. It allows to perform important tasks, including eating, speaking and breathing. When your jaw hurts, all of these crucial functions are affected, and can become exceptionally difficult.

Jaw pain can be the result of many different factors, including gum disease, impacted teeth, bruxism, TMD and even an undiagnosed fractured jaw.

What Causes a Jaw Fracture?

Your jaw can become fractured (broken) in any number of different ways:

•  Falls
•  Car accident.
•  Sports-related facial injury.
•  Being hit in the face during a confrontation.

Symptoms of a Fracture

It is possible to suffer a fractured jaw and not be aware of it at the time. But there are some symptoms that you can be on the lookout for if you have experienced any kind of facial trauma:

•  Jaw pain. This is one of the most common symptoms.
•  Your teeth don't fit together properly.
•  Difficulty opening your mouth.
•  Difficulty speaking.
•  Swelling.
•  Numbness in the chin or lower lip.
•  Damaged or loose teeth.

Fracture Vs. Dislocation

A dislocated jaw is different from a fractured jaw in that the joint becomes dislodged, even if only temporary. It can be just as serious, however, and it can be difficult to tell the difference. A dislocated jaw may present jaw pain, difficulty closing your mouth and possibly a misaligned bite.

What You Should Do
It is important that you seek medical treatment if you have suffered any kind of facial trauma, even if you think that you are fine at the time. Facial trauma will be examined by an oral surgeon, who is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of issues in and around the mouth, including soft tissues, bone and teeth.

The surgeon will perform a comprehensive physical exam, and may order X-rays, in order to check the condition of your jaw. If a fracture is found, treatment can begin.

If you have experienced facial trauma, don't just brush it off if you think you're ok. Getting checked out now can help to avoid significant pain later on.

Please contact our office today if you are suffering from a fractures jaw.
Quick Links
Wisdom Teeth
Dental Implants
All-On-4® Treatment Concept
Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
Bone Grafting
Facial Trauma
Impacted Canines
Oral Pathology

See Our Reviews
Reviews on Google for Huronia Oral Surgery Group yelp square 100

Our Partners

Huronia Nobel Logo
Barrie Office Contact Info

128 Wellington Street West
Suite 308
Barrie, Ontario L4N 8J6

Telephone: 705-302-0357
Fax: 705-734-0154

Map & Directions

North Bay Office Contact Info

700 Cassells Street
North Bay, Ontario P1B4A4
Telephone: 705-475-0050
Fax: 705-475-0030

Map & Directions

Home  | About Us  | Patient Services  | Patient Information  | Doctor Referral  | Dental Blog  | Contact Us  | Bruce M. MacNicol, DDS, MS, FRCD (C)  | Michael T. Jackson, BA, DDS, MSc, FRCD (C)  | Andrew P. Gater, HBSc, DDS, FRCD (C)  | Mohammad Mokhtari, HBSc, DDS, FRCD (C)  | Virtual Tour  | Testimonials  | Wisdom Teeth  | Dental Implants  | All On 4  | All-On-4® Case Studies  | Jaw Surgery  | Bone Grafting  | Facial Trauma  | Impacted Canines  | Oral Pathology  | Dental Extractions While Asleep  | Tooth Extraction  | Pre and Post-Op Instructions  | Patient Forms  | Patient Referral Form  | Doctor Referral Form  | Resources  | Contact Barrie Location  | Contact North Bay Location