Veterinary Dentistry Dental Case

Jaw Fracture Repair

Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog

Tetley suffered fractures of both sides of his lower jaw due to severe periodontal disease

Radiographic image of a Dog with fractured Jaw due to severe periodontal disease

This is the right side showing the fracture. When periodontal bone loss from infection is the cause it is termed a pathologic fracture.

Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog

Dentists use teeth commonly to repair fractures especially when very little bone is present from disease. Since Tetley had no teeth in that area, Dr. Beckman “created” teeth using wires carefully placed around both lower jaws.

Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog

Orthodontic chains were then passed around the wire in a horseshoe pattern to create a “scaffold” using composite buttons bonded to the lower canine teeth.

Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog

Acrylic is then used to cover the “scaffold” to create a rigid splint

Jaw Fracture Repair in a Dog

Seven weeks later the splint is removed after both jaws have completely healed. Tetley has normal jaw function, no further jaw infection and looks a feels normal again.


Atlanta Veterinary Dentistry

Atlanta Veterinary Dentistry

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Thank you,

Annie Mills, LVT, VTS (Dentistry)