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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-92

Three-dimensional miniplate fixation in mandibular angle fractures


1 Professor and Head, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
2 Associate Professor, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

Correspondence Address:
Vijay Ebenezer
Professor and Head, Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital, Pallikaranai, Chennai - 600 100
India
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The aim of the study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy of three-dimensional (3D) miniplate for monocortical fixation of mandibular angle fractures. The 3D plating system is based on the principle of obtaining support through geometrically stable configuration. The quadrangle geometry of plate assures stability in the 3D of the fracture sites when compared to the conventional miniplates. Twenty-two patients were included in the study with a minimum follow-up period of 18 months. Patients with either isolated mandibular angle fractures or other associated fractures in the mandible were selected. Standard extraoral and intraoral approaches were employed for reduction of fractures. None of the patients were subjected to intermaxillary fixation. All patients in our study had early recovery of normal jaw function. Primary healing and good union of the fracture site with minimal weight loss due to early reinstatement of masticatory function were the other advantages.


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