How I approach… Fractures of the maxilla and mandible in cats
Jaw fractures account for 5-7% of all fractures in cats and are frequently caused by car accidents or by falls from a height. Jaw fractures are in many ways very different to fractures in other areas; in particular, there are differences in treatment options when a fractured section contains one or more teeth.
The main focus when treating feline jaw fractures is to restore functional occlusion.
Jaw fractures are often only one component in a multiple trauma case.
Care must be taken to ensure that fracture treatment does not affect tooth viability.
Fracture assessment requires good radiographic technique and can be augmented by CT and MRI imaging.