Say no to a wiring shut mouth (maxillomandibular fixation)!

Currently there is surgical technology that allows mouth movements immediately after orthognathic surgery. Titanium plates and screws or even resorbable plating systems (Fig. 1) provide postoperative osseous stability. Despite that, some care with nutrition is necessary in order to control the masticatory forces. Although it is possible to open the mouth (Fig. 2), osseous consolidation will occur only within 2 months after the surgery.