Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 634–636 | Cite as

Novel Use of a Disposable Syringe Barrel as a Mouth Prop in Emergency Maxillofacial Trauma Cases to Access Intraoral Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Imran KhanEmail author
  • Rizwan Khan
Technical Note


Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are often called in emergency situations during odd hours to manage facial trauma cases. While addressing these patients, many a times the surgeon might require to keep the patients mouth open for long time while accessing intraoral injuries. This can become difficult for a surgeon if in case regular dental mouth props/mouth gags are not available at a particular surgical setup. The author here describes a technique of using a standard disposable syringe as a mouth prop in emergency cases to access and repair any intraoral injury in absentia of a regular mouth prop/mouth gag.


Syringe mouth prop Maxillofacial trauma Emergency mouth gag 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

Not required.

Informed Consent

Obtained from all patients before procedure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of DentistryJamia Millia IslamiaNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedics, HIMSR and HAHC HospitalJamia HamdardNew DelhiIndia

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