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Edentulous atrophic fractures

Intraoral approach

An intraoral approach is possible but technically more difficult as the surgeon will need several sets of trained hands just to retract the soft tissues of the cheeks and tongue. Additionally, stabilization and fixation of the fractures is much more difficult via an intraoral approach. One should also be aware that the inferior alveolar nerve is located on the superior surface of the atrophic mandible. Therefore one must be extremely careful making intraoral incisions to expose atrophic fractures, or the nerve can be damaged.