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Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2006 Jun;44(3):222-8. Epub 2005 Aug 19.

Mandibular fractures: Historical perspective.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Guy's and St. Thomas Hospital, Salivary Gland Service, Floor 23, Guy's Tower, London SE1 9RT, UK.

Abstract

The principles of the treatment of mandibular fractures have changed recently, although the objective of re-establishing the occlusion and masticatory function remains the same. Splinting of teeth is an old way of immobilising fractures but the advent of modern biomaterials has changed clinical practice towards plating the bone and early restoration of function. We present a brief historical overview of techniques and systems that have been used for stabilisation of mandibular fractures.

PMID:
16112261
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjoms.2005.06.023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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