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Fractures of the superior maxillary bone may involve the body, the nasal process, the malar process, the palate process or the alveolar process. They are comparatively rare, and for this reason a report of a case of fracture of the alveolar process which recently came to my attention may not be out of place, especially as the employment of the interdental splint and its advantages over other methods of treatment is well illustrated.
This class of fractures is almost always due to direct violence, a bad fall, a severe blow on the face, a gunshot wound or some other source of direct traumatism. The superior maxillary bone is well protected by the forehead, malar bone and lower jaw, making it less liable to injury than other more prominent portions of the body. The most exposed process of the bone is that including the alveolar margin. This is, therefore, the
HARTSHORN WE. FRACTURE OF THE ALVEOLAR PROCESS OF THE RIGHT SUPERIOR MAXILLARY BONE. WITH REPORT OF A CASE. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(18):1331–1333. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510450005001b
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