Mandible-AP, 20-year-old Male

Case Study Number: 0055

Film Number: 1116
Region: Head & Neck
Modality: Plain Film
Angiogram: No
Pathology: Yes
Contrast: No
Added: January 6, 2003
Last Updated: January 6, 2003

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History: AP and lateral plain films of a broken mandible. A dental appliance (retainer) was in place during the AP filming.
Can you guess why fractures of the left side of the mandible (especially of the body and angle of the mandible) are more common than those of the right side of the mandible?

Might this fracture disrupt either the blood supply or innervation to the left mandibular teeth? show answer