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Dental fractures are often clinically apparent but can be overlooked in cases with associated facial fractures, especially as root fractures may be clinically occult.
When both a tooth and alveolar process are fractured, the term dentoalveolar fracture may be used 1.
Dental fractures can be classified as 1:
If the fracture extends through pulp (i.e. root canal) there is an increased risk of devitalization 1.
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