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DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1085298
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Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Acute Mandibular Fractures in Adults

George M. Kushner, Brian Alpert
  • Department of Surgical/Hospital Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
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28 August 2008 (online)


The mandible is often fractured during maxillofacial trauma because of its prominence within the facial skeleton and the fact that it is a favorite target in interpersonal violence. Treatment of mandibular fractures has made significant advances over the years due to the study of biomechanical principles, advancements in biomaterials and instrumentation and scientifically based research of treatment outcomes. This article will review the principles and philosophy of AO/ASIF techniques as applied to treatment of mandible fractures. Representative cases of different mandible fractures and their treatment will reinforce the clinical application of rigid fixation techniques.