Rigid internal fixation techniques for mandibular fractures

S. D. London, M. A. Hoard, R. F. Morgan, R. F. Edlich

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Abstract

Rigid internal fixation techniques are indicated in all mandibular fractures in which stability is required for healing to occur. Advances in current biotechnology have led to development of biocompatible bone plates and screws that provide a reliable method of producing rigid internal fixation. The benefits of rigid internal fixation are a decrease in maxillomandibular fixation time, improved oral hygiene and nutrition, and maintenance of a patent airway. With adherence to technical details (such as atraumatic screw insertion and the fixation of a well-contoured plate), rigid fixation techniques provide a reliable method for the treatment of mandibular fractures. The use of plates and screws in the management of mandible fractures can be associated with infections and neurosensory disturbances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of long-term effects of medical implants
Volume3
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Dentistry(all)

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