Comparative assessment of two methods used for interdental immobilization

Ayoub, A.F. and Rowson, J. (2003) Comparative assessment of two methods used for interdental immobilization. Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery, 31(3), 159 -161. (doi:10.1016/S1010-5182(03)00022-2)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1010-5182(03)00022-2

Abstract

Aim: This investigation was carried out to compare Dimac wires with arch bars for interdental immobilization. Material and methods: The assessment was conducted on 50 patients who had mandibular fractures and in whom intermaxillary fixation was required as a part of the treatment. The time required for applying each method of fixation, the needle-stick injuries that occurred during their application, and the periodontal damage that followed interdental immobilization was investigated. Results: The mean time required for the application of Dimac wires was significantly less than that required for arch bars. The needle-stick injuries were significantly less with Dimac wires. Patients reported difficulty with oral hygiene with arch bars in place. This was associated with periodontal damage following removal of fixation. Conclusion: Dimac wires is safer to use and less traumatic to the periodontium.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ayoub, Professor Ashraf
Authors: Ayoub, A.F., and Rowson, J.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
ISSN:1010-5182

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