Intermaxillary fixation versus Internal rigid fekatian in treatment of Mandibular fractures
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Mandibular fractures are encountered in cases oforofacial trauma, dif ferent treatment modalities are being suggested in the literature. The sim plest method is with intermaxillary fixation, however it is not suitable for every case. Recently, plate and screw rigid fixation is gaining more accep tance by both the operators and the patients for its advantages over wire fixation. Twenty patients were included in this study with mandibular fractures. Ten patients were subjected to intermaxillary fixation either with open or closed methods and the remaining 10 were subjected to in ternal rigid fixation. Three patients of the first group experienced compli cations (prolonged open bite infection and nonunionj.One patient of the second group experienced numbness of the lower lip. This study has shown more rapid healing and greater resistance to separation when fracture is placed under compression as internal rigidjixation.