Broken Jaw

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.