Management of minimally displaced mandibular fracture with customized open cap splint in an 11-year child: A case report
This case report describes a conservative method of using a customized open cap splint in a minimally displaced mandibular fracture in an 11-year child.
Modified acrylic open cap splint design is a simple, easy, cost-effective, and reliable method of treatment in minimally displaced fractures of the mandible in child patients.
Post-operative complications like non-union, malunion and infections are rare in children because of good osteogenic potential and faster healing.
Mandibular fractures are the most common type of facial skeletal injury in children. In descending order, the most common is the condylar region then angle, and thirdly body fractures. Most of the fractures are greenstick type in children, because of the presence of permanent tooth buds which hold the fractured mandibular fragments like glue. Hence, conservative management is preferred and the fractures heal well and rapidly in children. The condylar neck in children being short and thick helps to resist the fracture, making most of them the nondisplaced type of fractures. The purpose of this case report is to present a conservative and effective treatment technique for pediatric mandibular fractures using a customized acrylic cap splint. This method has many advantages like simplicity of design, ease of fabrication, and reliability. This method takes care of anatomical, physiological, and psychological aspects as well as the complexity of developing jaws in children.
Keywords: Children; Closed Fracture Reduction; Mandibular Fracture; Splint
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Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(2):80-85
Received: 06 March 2022
Accepted: 18 July 2022
Online First: 03 August 2022
How to Cite
Mallayya C. Hiremath, SK. Srinath, Aarcha S. Kumar, Pushpalatha Shivashankar. Management Of minimally displaced mandibular fracture with customized open cap splint in an 11-year child: A case report. Contemp Pediatr Dent 2022:3(2):80- 85