Masticatory Function Following Fractures of the Mandibular Condyle
Midterm rept. 27 Jan 1992-26 Jan 1994
TEXAS UNIV SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL SCHOOL AT DALLAS
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Gnathodynamic analyses of function of the masticatory system using several tests of oral-motor function were examined in a sample of controls, and two groups of patients treated for fractures of the mandibular condyle. Patients treated with open reduction and internal fixation of their fracture had less impairment of oral-motor function than those treated with closed reduction. Among patients treated non-surgically, deviation of the mandible towards the side of fracture was noted during opening of the mouth. These results indicate that masticatory function can be normalized early post-surgery by open reduction and internal fixation of their fracture.
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