Dental fracture

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 08 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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Cases and figures

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  • Case 2
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  • Case 3: with mandibular fractures
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  • Case 4: with mandibular fracture
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  • Case 5: with mandibular fractures
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  • Case 6: with mandibular fractures
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  • Case 7
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  • Case 8: dental fractures
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