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Prognosis

In most cases, the outlook is very good, especially when the fracture is treated promptly and properly. In rare cases, when the fracture is ignored or healing is poor, long-term complications can include facial deformity, long-lasting facial pain, pain or limitation of movement at the jaw joint and a bad bite.

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