jaw is a frequent site for fractures because of :
There are 2 types
bone is exposed to air inside the mouth or outside the facial skin
bone is completely covered by soft tissue.
further be characterized as:
The bone is broken completely into two or more pieces
The bone is fractured only part way through
The fracture is composed of many pieces
are the three steps in the repair of most fractures.
of the fracture: Realigning the
bony parts in their original anatomic relationship.
of the fracture : Methods and materials
are used to hold the bony parts in their correct relationship while healing
fixation is the wiring of the jaw shut.
Many fractures lend themselves to this treatment. When the upper dentition
is good and the upper jaw is stable this allows the upper jaw to act as
a cast for the lower jaw while it heals.
is the use of wires and or screws and
plates to hold the bony segments in their correct relationship. This hardware
may be applied inside the mouth or outside the mouth depending upon the
is the use surgical pins that are placed
in the bony fragments and a external frame is placed between the pins to
fix the bony fragments in their proper orientation.
and Rehabilitation: This
is the time that is allowed for healing and for physical therapy.
Adequate nutrition and rest, avoiding alcohol and, tobacco is very important.
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