Optimizing pediatric interdental fixation by use of a paramedian palatal fixation site

J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Mar;23(2):605-7. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31824cd7af.


Condylar fractures are the most common injury seen in pediatric mandibular trauma. These injuries often cannot be adequately stabilized by conservative techniques such as splinting. The pediatric condyle fracture often requires a period of intermaxillary fixation. Because of the characteristics of the developing dentition, circumdental wiring is often not possible. Surgeons commonly achieve interdental stabilization by the connection of a circum-mandibular wire and a second wire placed through a drill hole in the piriform aperture. This method can be problematic in the young patient whose palatal suture is still patent. In this brief technical note, the use of a paramedian drill hole through the palate posterior to the maxillary incisors is described. It is believed that this method is superior to other techniques because it avoids injury to the deciduous tooth buds and allows for the maxillary wire to be seated in more structurally sound tissues.

MeSH terms

  • Bone Wires*
  • Child
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods*
  • Humans
  • Jaw Fixation Techniques*
  • Mandibular Condyle / injuries*
  • Mandibular Condyle / surgery*
  • Mandibular Fractures / surgery*
  • Palate / surgery*