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Before showing the splint and reporting the case in question, it may be well to review in some degree splints and bandages for broken lower jaws, and in particular mento-dental splints.
Heath divides appliances for the jaw into two classes, external and internal to the mouth, though he says "it may be necessary to combine the two methods in a few cases."
The simplest and most effective form of external apparatus, and by far the best in a very large majority of cases, is the four-tailed bandage, two of the tails being carried over and tied on top of the head, the other two carried back and tied around the nape of the neck, the part covering the chin oft-times being reinforced by pasteboard or sheets of gutta-percha. This method with its variations is no doubt familiar to you all, and when the fracture is simple with no displacement is undoubtedly the best, since it brings
FLETCHER MH. A UNIVERSAL MENTO-DENTAL SPLINT, WITH REPORT OF CASE.Read in the Section of Dental and Oral Surgery, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1893;XX(3):55–57. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420300001001
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