Fractures of the mandible
While no strict algorithm for the management of mandible fractures exists, there are general guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of these fractures. The location and number of fractures, direction of muscle pull on the fracture fragments, presence of other facial fractures, age of the patient, presence or absence of dentition, experience of the surgeon, and reliability of the patient all influence management decisions. The goal of management is to immobilize the fracture site to allow the most rapid return to function while minimizing complications.
Kearney, P., & Bielamowicz, S. (2001). Fractures of the mandible. Trauma, 42 (6). Retrieved from https://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/smhs_surgery_facpubs/1996