Pediatric mandibular fractures have successfully been managed in various ways. The use of a lingual splint is one such option. The typical indirect method for acrylic lingual splint fabrication involves obtaining dental impressions. Dental models are produced from those impressions so that model surgery may be performed. The splint is then made on those models using resin powder and liquid monomer in a wet laboratory and transferred to the patient. Obvious limitations to this technique exist for both patient and operator. We present a technique for direct, intraoperative, fabrication of a splint using commercially available light-cured material that avoids some of the shortcomings of the indirect method. Recommendations are made based on available material safety information.
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From the *University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; and †University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Received for publication August 8, 2013; accepted August 28, 2013.
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Gerardo P. Romeo, DDS, MD, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Holmes Hospital, 200 Albert Sabin Way, ML 0461, Cincinnati, OH 45219-0461, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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