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How is ORIF of the jaw performed on children?

In open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) of the jaw, the surgeon will put arch bars and thin wires in your child's mouth. The surgeon places the arch bars and then attaches the wires to the arch bars. There are two arch bars. One is attached to the upper gum and goes from the back tooth on one side all the way around to the back tooth on the other side. The second arch is attached in the same way on the lower gum. Then the surgeon attaches small wires from the upper arch bar to the lower arch bar. This wires the jaw closed. Most often there are two wires in the back near the rear teeth, and two at the front.

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