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Interdental Wiring & Composite Splinting

A quick and inexpensive method for repairing fractures of the jaws

The use of interdental wiring, with or without the use of composite splints, can be a quick and inexpensive method for repairing fractures of the jaws. Normally the splint provides further reinforcement and rigidity without the need to resort to standard orthopaedic methods of pins and screws. The following guide assumes any soft tissue damage to be repaired and teeth critically damaged to be removed. The guide assumes any soft tissue damage to be repaired and teeth critically damaged to be removed. In some cases it may be wise to retain teeth that can be treated later (e.g. with root canal therapy) but not if their presence will retard healing. Comminuted fractures are not good subjects for interdental wiring and splinting alone. They will require additional stability from interfragmentary and/or cerclage wiring or mini-plates.

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