JOMS Simply Put: Mandibular Fractures

When a bone breaks or cracks, the injury is called a fracture (FIGURE 1, FIGURE 2). Lower jaw (mandibular) fractures are the third most common type of facial fractures, after fractures of the nose and cheekbone. Mandibular fractures can be caused by many different types of injuries to the lower face.

These include:

  • An accidental fall, especially in older patients
  • A fall from a motorcycle, bicycle, scooter or skateboard
  • A fall or collision during contact sports
  • A punch to the jaw
  • A motor vehicle crash

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