Facial Trauma: Understanding the Difference between Jaw Fracture and Dislocation

If you’re having facial pain, it’s important to understand the difference between a jaw fracture and dislocation. While they do have pain in common, there are specific symptoms that will help you identify the type of facial trauma you have experienced. Make the determination by looking at the symptoms individually.

Jaw Fracture

It’s important to get emergency treatment as you may not be able to move your jaw at all.


  1. Facial swelling
  2. Bleeding
  3. Difficulty breathing
  4. Stiff jaw
  5. Uncomfortable to chew
  6. Numbness in the gums and facial bruising

Dislocated Jaw

Both jaw fractures and dislocation have pain in common, but having a dislocated jaw has different symptoms.


  1. Jaw juts out, like a severe overbite
  2. Teeth aren’t lining up
  3. Biting down produces a strange sensation
  4. Drooling caused by the abnormal alignment
  5. Difficulty speaking

What to Expect

Whatever facial trauma you have experienced, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. You will be asked some questions regarding your medical history, take a physical exam and will get x-rays taken. Dislocation can be remedied by an oral surgeon or dentist, but a jaw fracture could require a facial reconstructive surgeon.

Katy Cypress Oral Surgery and Implant Center are specialists when it comes to facial trauma. We are located on Fry Road in Katy, Texas. Call us today for a consultation. 281-667-0607. Our experts have experience from simple facial trauma to complex injuries.

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