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2Decision/Indication

Edentulous atrophic fractures

ORIF

Indications for ORIF are any displaced atrophic mandible fracture requiring surgical intervention.

Following the AO principles of anatomic reduction of fractures and immediate function, ORIF of atrophic edentulous mandible fractures with load-bearing osteosynthesis has a distinct advantage for these patients. The technique has evolved to provide the patient with an excellent chance for mandibular union while the ability to masticate is preserved.

Literature has supported the efficacy of this technique.