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5Principles

Edentulous atrophic fractures

The atrophic edentulous mandible fracture presents with several factors which make treatment very difficult. There is a lack of bone which is generally cortical in nature and has a lower healing potential. There are no teeth present to help reduce the fractures. Often the patients are elderly and medically compromised.

Atrophic mandible fractures require transfacial open reduction, load-bearing internal fixation, and often immediate bone grafting.