These are complex fractures in the area between the canine teeth of the mandible.
Complex fractures include:
This image shows an axial CT view of a comminuted symphyseal fracture.
This image shows a coronal CT view of the same case.
3-D reconstructions of comminuted fractures are also useful in understanding the fracture morphology.
This image shows another view of the 3-D reconstruction for the case above.
This is the clinical photograph of the same case.
This more severe type of mandibular symphyseal fracture results from heavy impact during a physical altercation or traffic accidents.