Article: Volume 45 Number 7 Page 647 - July/August 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 647-654

Prosthodontics:  Oral Rehabilitation of a Patient Suffering Mal-Union of a Fractured Mandible

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Abstract: Mandibular mal-union following fracture is a rare occurrence that can normally be surgically corrected. This article reviews the aetiology of mal-union and details the restorative rehabilitation of a patient suffering a failing dentition and mal-union of the mandible, using dental implants.

Clinical relevance: This article discusses the restorative challenges with managing a patient with mandibular mal-union and details a successful treatment pathway using dental implants.

Author notes: Graeme Bryce, BDS, MSc (Endo), MRD MEndo, RCS(Edin) FDS(Rest), Surgeon Commander (D) Graeme Bryce Royal Navy, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Centre for Restorative Dentistry, Defence Primary Health Care (Dental), Evelyn Woods Road, Aldershot, GU11 2LS, Stephen Sterlitz, DDS, MS, DABGD, FAGD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 N University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA and Stephen Smith, BDS, MDentSci, FDS RCSEd, FDS RCSEng, MRD RCS, RCPS FDS(Rest Dent), RCSEng, Specialist in Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry, Oralon Specialist Dental Care, 2 The Circle, Queen Elizabeth Street, London SE1 2JE, UK.

Objective: To understand the aetiology of mandibular mal-union and recognize the clinical implications that this may present to the restoring clinician.