Jaw Fractures

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About[edit]

Jaw Fractures are referred to as a very debilitating condition that has come on very quickly often as a result of extreme physical injury, for example a car accident. These types of fractures can also be a secondary condition caused by other major problems that have occurred in the animal, an example being severe mouth cancer, cysts or long term gum damage.

Symptoms[edit]

Jaw Fractures in animals are often very easy to spot. A common symptom is jaw malalignment in conjunction with damage to the mouth area, bleeding from the mouth and general reluctance to eat.

Causes[edit]

Mouth Fractures in animals are often caused by traumas or accidents that result in extreme physical injury, for instance a car accident. They can also be a result of a major primary condition that affects the overall structural integrity of the mouth. For example a large mouth cancer may result in Jaw Fracture after removal.

Treatments[edit]

The overall goal of treating a mouth fracture is to realign the jaw, to allow closure of the mouth and to return it to its original, if not better structural integrity. This surgery can involve intra-oral splints (reinforced jaw wiring) which are placed inside the mouth to return structure. This surgery often is the safest as it reduces risk to the teeth during surgery.

Prevention[edit]

As Jaw Fracture is often caused by trauma or accidents it can be hard to prevent this condition. General caution is advised for animals that can suffered from prolonged fits. These animals should be in an environment where it is hard for them to bring themselves into injury

If jaw Fracture is a result of a primary condition than it is advised that you take care trying to prevent the primary condition. This can be done by giving the animal a diet that contains natural foods to protect the teeth or potentially giving the animal a supplement like a dental chew (Providing that the animal is a dog)to help clean the teeth and exercise the jaw to warn off bacteria.

Another useful thing is to closely examine the animals teeth on a frequent basis. This allows you to notice disease earlier on which means a more effective treatment, regular visits to veterinary centers for oral examinations will help also. Even something as simple as brushing your animals teeth a few times will greatly cut the risk.

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