Jaw - broken or dislocated


A broken jaw is a break (fracture) in the jaw bone. A dislocated jaw means the lower part of the jaw has moved out of its normal position at one or both joints where the jaw bone connects to the skull (temporomandibular joints).




A broken or dislocated jaw usually heals well after treatment. But the jaw may become dislocated again in the future.

Complications may include:

  • Airway blockage
  • Bleeding
  • Breathing blood or food into the lungs
  • Difficulty eating (temporary)
  • Difficulty talking (temporary)
  • Infection of the jaw or face
  • Jaw joint (TMJ) pain and other problems
  • Numbness of part of the jaw or face
  • Problems aligning the teeth
  • Swelling


If you have a fractured or dislocated jaw

  • Do Not try to correct the position of the jaw. A Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon should do this.


Schedule a Facial Trauma Examination

At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can perform an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, to to determine the extent of your injuries, and allow us to formulate a treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible outcome


Schedule a Facial Trauma Examination with our Oral Surgeon >