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Jaw Fracture

Jaw fracture(s) occur from facial trauma (dog bite, fall) or due to bone loss associated with tooth and gum infections. Click to learn about tooth fracture.

What you need to know…
  • These patients must be evaluated under anesthesia to determine the best treatment method.

How a jaw fracture may look:

jaw fracture due to trauma
Jaw fracture as a result of being kicked by a horse

dental x-ray jaw fracture
Dental x-ray showing jaw fracture


Possible THERAPY / Treatment:

treatment for fractured jaw
Interdental wiring

splint to treat fractured jaw
Intraoral composite splint

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LEARN more about Jaw Fracture:

Facial trauma and bone loss around diseased teeth can result in fractures of the upper and lower jaw. Patients that have experienced trauma (fall, dog bite, car accident) are initially stabilized with fluids, pain medication, antibiotics, and chest or skull x-rays. An accurate treatment plan can only be developed after an evaluation under anesthesia that includes: evaluation of tooth structures, bone and major blood vessels/nerves using dental x-rays, skull x-rays and in some cases CT imaging.

A veterinary dentist will utilize techniques that are minimally invasive, focus on tooth/jaw alignment, allow rapid return to eating/function and retain as many teeth as possible. Techniques include selective extractions, pulp capping, bone grafting, interdental wiring, intraoral composite splints, bonding of teeth and in some cases titanium plates.

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