Assessment of plate use for mandibular reconstruction: Has changing technology made a difference?

D. W. Klotch, T. J. Gal, R. L. Gal

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Abstract

Reconstruction of mandibular defects with a variety of alloplastic materials during a 22-year period was reviewed. Outcomes were examined to determine whether specific plating technology affected the incidence of plate-related complications including plate exposure, plate fracture, and plate removal. Repair with the miniplate, reconstruction plate, titanium hollow screw reconstruction plate, and locking reconstruction plate was evaluated. Although the incidence of plate fractures has decreased, there was no significant change in the rate of plate exposure. Recurrent disease was noted to be a significant contributing factor in the development of plate- related complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-392
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume121
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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