Bite forces in patients treated for mandibular angle fractures: Implications for fixation recommendations

Gregory S. Tate, Edward Ellis, Gaylord Throckmorton

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Voluntary bite forces were recorded at varying periods in 35 males treated with rigid internal fixation for fractures of the mandibular angle. Bite forces were also obtained in 29 male controls for comparison. It was found that molar bite forces in patients were significantly less than in controls for several weeks after surgery. Further, molar bite forces on the side of the fracture were significantly less than on the nonfractured side. The results of this study indicate that recommendations for the amount of fixation required for a given fracture may be reduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)734-736
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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