- Quality of life after open versus closed treatment for mandibular condyle fractures: a review of literature
- Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
- Volume | Issue number
- 41 | 8
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Dentistry (ACTA)
Many studies have compared treatment outcomes after open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) and closed reduction (CR) of mandibular condylar fractures. Despite this the optimal treatment for these fractures remains a controversy. The purpose of this review is to compare the influence of objective and subjective treatment outcomes after open versus closed treatment of mandibular condyle fractures on quality of life, based on the current literature.
A MedLine and Embase search was performed to find relevant titles on treatment outcomes after open versus closed reduction of mandibular condylar fractures.
Thirty-six studies were found. Twenty-eight retrospective studies, in addition to eight prospective studies were assessed. Nine treatment outcome variables were evaluated from the studies. Three studies reported on subjective discomfort. Although many studies investigated (objective) measurements (e.g. range of motion, masticatory function), no studies evaluated quality of life outcomes. In conclusion, prospective, patient-centred research is needed, in order to provide a guideline in decision making in the treatment of mandibular condylar fractures, based on subjective patient satisfaction.
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