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Invited Commentary
May 23, 2019

Simplifying Mandible Fracture Repair

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019;21(4):276-277. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2019.0332

Repairing mandible fractures is difficult. Contemporary treatment of a displaced or symptomatic fracture often includes open reduction of the fracture and internal fixation with plates and screws. Rigid or semirigid internal fixation typically eliminates the need for prolonged maxillomandibular fixation, which makes postoperative recovery easier for the patient. Reconstruction plates at least 2 mm thick are known to reliably withstand mastication forces and stabilize fractures to facilitate bony healing.