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Edentulous atrophic fractures

General considerations

With increasing mandibular atrophy, the physical size of the mandible decreases. In the severely atrophic mandible, even very minor trauma can cause fracture. Additionally, pathologic fracture during mastication can occur. Very often, due to the fragile nature of the jaw, these fractures occur bilaterally.

Orthopantomogram (OPG), mandible series radiograph and CT scans can be used to diagnose and plan the treatment of the atrophic edentulous mandible fractures.