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Broken Jaw (cont.)

Broken Jaw Causes

Although a jawbone fracture may occur from many pathological causes (for example, cancer, bone loss through infections), the large majority of fractures occur from the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Assaults (facial trauma)
  • Sports-related injuries (boxing, football)
  • Falls (face-first falls)

The majority of mandibular (jawbone) fractures occur in young adult males (20-30 years of age), with most occurring in the body, condyle, and angle areas of the jawbone.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/6/2012

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