If you suspect that you or someone you know has a broken or dislocated jaw, stabilize the jaw and seek medical attention immediately.
What to look for:
- Inability to open the mouth
- Sideways canting of the jaw upon opening
- Uneven teeth that appears different from before the accident
- Inability to close the teeth together properly
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
- In shock (faint, pale, rapid shallow breathing)
Accidental injury to the face or jaw can be prevented by wearing mouth guards, a proper helmet and safe practices in work, sports and recreation.