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Jaw Injury Anatomy

To better understand a jaw injury, it helps to understand the anatomy of the face and jaw.

The bones of the face include:

  • Frontal bone:
    • Forehead
  • Mandible:
    • Lower jaw
  • Maxilla:
    • Inner cheek bones
  • Nasal bones
  • Zygoma:
    • Outer cheek bones

Anatomy of the face includes:
  • Bones of the face and skull
  • Muscles of the face
  • Arteries and nerves of the face
  • The orbit
  • The nasal bones
  • The jaw

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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