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What is mandible and is it part of the skull? i was given facial x-ray for concern that the upper palate may have cracked. was this right test?

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Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 20 years experience
Bones: The mandible is your lower jawbone and attaches to your skull at the temporomandiular joint (tmj). Fractured bones are diagnosed a number of ways including x rays. You should talk to the doctors treating you for clarification on the type of x ray taken and why it is necessary.
Dr. Nancy Mellow
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
The jawbone: The mandible is the part of the jaw (the bottom bone) that moves when you open your mouth or chew. The upper palate is not part of the mandible. It is part of the maxilla (the upper part of the jaw).
Dr. David May
Dentistry 30 years experience
No: The mandible is not part of the skull. It is the lower jaw. The upper jaw is the maxilla and is part of the skull. It was the right test though.

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