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What are the signs of a broken jaw?

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  • Pain
  • Bruising, swelling, or tenderness along the jaw or below the ear
  • Inability to bring the teeth together properly (malocclusion)
  • Bruising under the tongue (almost always indicates a jaw fracture)
  • Missing or loose teeth
  • Numbness in the lower lip or chin

From: What Are Facial Fractures? WebMD Medical Reference

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Cleveland Clinic: “Facial Fractures.”

NHS Cambridge University Hospitals: “Facial Fractures.”

Harvard Medical School: “Eye-Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit).”

Merck Manual: “Fractures of the Jaw and Midface.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Facial Fractures.”

NHS Cambridge University Hospitals: “Facial Fractures.”

Harvard Medical School: “Eye-Socket Fracture (Fracture of the Orbit).”

Merck Manual: “Fractures of the Jaw and Midface.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 22, 2018

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