Dental fracture

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 8 Aug 2022

Dental fractures are often clinically apparent but can be overlooked in cases with associated facial fractures, especially as root fractures may be clinically occult. 

Terminology

When both a tooth and alveolar process are fractured, the term dentoalveolar fracture may be used 1

Pathology

Dental fractures can be classified as 1:

  • crown
  • crown-root
  • root

If the fracture extends through pulp (i.e. root canal) there is an increased risk of devitalization 1

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