Management of Bilateral Edentulous Mandible Fractures Through an Intraoral Approach Using CAD/CAM Technology: A Case Report

Howard D. Wang, Christopher Frost, Alessandro Cusano, Amir Dorafshar

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Abstract

The surgical management of edentulous mandible fractures presents unique challenges secondary to poor bone stock and the absence of dentition to assist with fracture reduction. In complex injury patterns, such as bilateral edentulous mandible fractures, an external approach is often necessary to achieve adequate reduction and adaptation of a load-bearing reconstruction plate. We report a case in which computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/CAM) was applied as an adjunct for the acute management of bilateral edentulous mandible fractures in a 58-year-old man. CAD/CAM technology was used to fabricate a patient-specific reconstruction plate and a maxillomandibular splint, which facilitated the successful treatment of this complex injury through an intraoral approach. This case highlights the potential of CAD/CAM technology to improve operative efficiency and clinical outcomes in the acute management of complex edentulous mandible fractures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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