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Mouth opening after release of maxillomandibular fixation in fracture patients

Authors
Journal
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
0278-2391
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
45
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0278-2391(87)90004-8

Abstract

Abstract Three hundred eleven patients with mandibular fractures were studied prospectively to ascertain the influence of jaw immobilization on mouth opening. Maxillomandibular fixation caused a significant reduction in mouth opening whereas open reduction did not. Furthermore, there appeared to be a relationship between the duration of immobilization and the degree of reduction of mouth opening such that the shorter the duration of fixation, the less the reduction.

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