CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · CMTR Open 2017; 01(01): e9-e14
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1603578
Review Article
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Lingual Splint for Sagittal Fractures of Mandible; An Effective Adjunct to Contemporary Osteosynthesis: A Case Series with Review of Literature

Sasikala Balasubramanian1, Elavenil Panneerselvam1, Aditi Rajendra Sharma1, Vikrant Pratap Singh1, Venkat Ravi Tatineni1, Krishnakumar Raja1
  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, SRM Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Publication History

10 December 2016

13 April 2017

Publication Date:
09 June 2017 (online)


Sagittal fractures of the mandible frequently pose challenges in open reduction and internal fixation due to their unfavorable fracture pattern. The powerful lingual musculatures of the mandible exert tremendous displacing forces on the fracture fragments, resulting in gross lingual displacement. The control of the displaced lingual cortical plate and its restitution to the normal anatomical position before fixation is technically demanding. The article presents a simple and practically effective method of reducing such fractures with the use of a prefabricated lingual splint. The article also reviews the numerous types of lingual splints with their clinical indications.

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