Semin Plast Surg 2002; 16(3): 229-240
DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-34430
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Selection of Internal Fixation Devices for Mandibular Fractures: How Much Fixation Is Enough?

Edward Ellis III
  • Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
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01 October 2002 (online)


Internal fixation techniques for mandibular fracture vary considerably from one geographic location to the next, from region of the mandible to another, and from one surgeon to the next. This article presents factors that should be considered when choosing internal fixation schemes to apply to fractures of the mandible. Recommendations are based upon personal experience and outcome studies from the clinical literature.