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.
Humphrey CD, Kriet JD. Simplifying Mandible Fracture Repair. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. Published online May 23, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2019.0332
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