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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 231-233

Procedure for fabrication of a modified Kingsley splint for maxillary distraction osteogenesis

Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge, J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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S Venkat Aditya
Department of Prosthodontics Crown and Bridge, J.S.S. Dental College and Hospital, Mysore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.49191

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Splints and stents are two broad descriptive terms which often overlap in their meaning and usage. A particular appliance may be a splint or a stent or both depending on the function it is to fulfill. A splint may be defined as an appliance for the fixation of a displaced or movable part. A stent is an appliance that maintains tissue in a predetermined position. Splints are often used to hold fractured segments and skin graft, protect healthy tissue during radiotherapy, control hemorrhage, hold periodontal packing and help in drainage of periodontal infection. Uses of splints are extended to special circumstances as in the field of cranio-facial surgeries, orthognathic surgeries and distraction osteogenesis. This article describes the procedure for the fabrication of a modified Kingsley splint for a 20-year-old patient who was undergoing maxillary distraction osteogenesis. This splint was used as an active appliance which would act as a link between maxillary skeleton and distraction appliance and transfer the traction force from the distracter to the fractured segment.

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