If you were just in a car accident or a fall, getting a broken jaw, or mandible fracture, is a common occurance. Not only do you have to deal with the trauma of the accident or fall, there will also be swelling and pain where the fracture is. Because jaw fractures occur when there is a large force applied to your jaw, sometimes you might also have a dislocated jawbone. A dislocated jawbone is when your temporomandibular joint (where your jaw attaches to your skull) is pushed or slid out of its place. Sometimes it can be very painful and can cause your jaws to lock up. If any of these things have happened to you, please contact us immediately or go to the nearest urgent care facility/Emergency Room. While you are heading to seek help you can use an ice pack over the area to help to minimize the swelling. Also, take good care to not move your jaw too much, you might want to try to tie a handkerchief or towel around your jaw and the top of your head. If we see that it is a dislocated jawbone our dentist here would be able to reposition your jaw joint back to where it belongs. If our attempts to relocate your jaw joint are not successful, or you do have a jaw fracture, we will help you get seen by an oral surgeon immediately. The oral surgeon will be able to properly stabilize the fracture, and give you any necessary sutures, to make sure you heal as normally and pain-free as possible. If you have questions on what to do, feel free to give us a call any time.