Nashua Teeth Mouth and Jaw Injuries Attorney
A fairly common injury resulting from an automobile accident, a fall, or a blow to the face is a broken (fractured) jaw. An impact with a dashboard during an automobile accident can fracture any part of the jaw. The force of the impact can dislodge teeth and cause fragments of the broken jaw to pierce the gum or damage nearby blood vessels and nerves.
Symptoms and complications of a broken jaw can include:
- Pain in the face or jaw, located in front of the ear on the affected side, and gets worse with movement
- Bruising, swelling, and tenderness along your jaw or below your ear
- Bleeding from the mouth
- Airway blockage
- Breathing blood or food into the lungs
- Jaw joint pain and other problems
- Your jaw is deformed, crooked, or shifted out of its normal midline position
- You have a painful lump in your jaw or below your ear
- Jaw tenderness or pain, especially when chewing or biting
- The feeling that your teeth don't fit together properly or that your bite is "off" ("malocclusion")
- Improperly aligned teeth
- Missing or loose teeth
- Difficulty opening your mouth widely
- Numbness in your lower lip or chin resulting from nerve damage
- Very limited movement of the jaw (with a severe fracture)
- Drooling because of the inability to close the mouth
If you have been injured in an automobile accident or other accident, or suffered a blow to the jaw the results in severe pain, it is important that you seek immediate medical treatment. To diagnose a jaw fracture, the doctor will conduct a physical examination of the area and take standard X-rays of your jaw. Sometimes the doctor will order a special dental panoramic X-ray (Panorex), and in some cases a CT Scan may be ordered.
If you have suffered a broken jaw, with proper and prompt medical care the jaw should heal in about two months. However, where there are several fractures or the person heals poorly, long-term complications can include facial deformity, long-lasting facial pain, or pain or limitation of the movement at the jaw joint and a bad bite.
I have experience in diligently representing clients who have been in accidents resulting in a broken jaw or other injuries to the mouth or teeth. I will work my hardest on your behalf to get you the maximum recovery possible.
Call me or stop by to schedule an appointment today. Contact Broderick Law Firm in Lowell at 978-674-7146 or send an e-mail. I help people from Middlesex County, the surrounding area and in New Hampshire.
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