Fractures of the alveolar ridge

By Dr. Vishaal Bhat on Monday 26 November 2007 with 0 comments



The incisal edge of the upper incisor teeth protrudes forward when head is at upright position. That is why this area is exposed to injuries to a greater extent. If a great force is applied to a large area, the alveolar ridge breaks off together with the teeth which remain mostly undamaged. Vertical fracture lines run between tooth sockets and a horizontal line goes at the level of tooth apexes or just above it. If a force acts towards a single tooth, its isolated damage occurs (subluxation, luxation, breakage of tooth parts). A fragment is usually dislocated at the palatal direction, or downwards by its own weight, in case it is completely detached.

Category: Oro-Maxillo Facial Surgery Notes

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