J Craniomaxillofac Surg 2012 Dec 12;40(8):647-53. Epub 2011 Nov 12.
Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery, University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Zaloška 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Aim: In the past, fractures of the mandibular condylar process were, as a rule, treated conservatively. At the Department of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana, Slovenia, our doctrine was changed in 2002 on the basis of preliminary results and reports in the literature, and these fractures were started to be treated surgically by open reduction and internal fixation with miniplates and screws, which led to good results and a shorter rehabilitation period. The goal of this study was to determine the safety and efficiency of surgical treatment, as well as to compare long-term results of surgical and conservative treatment, as objectively as possible. Read More