Postsurgical maxillary movement: A comparison study of bone plate and screw versus wire osseous fixation

Ann J. Larsen, Joseph E. Van Sickels, William J. Thrash

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Abstract

This study was designed to examine amounts of postoperative maxillary movement in patients who received Lefort I osteotomies, comparing bone plate and screw fixation with conventional transosseous wire fixation. Cephalograms of 17 patients whose maxillae were fixated with wire osseous fixation and 13 patients whose maxillae were fixated with bone plates and screws were compared at four different time periods throughout the first postoperative year. Millimeters of movement of five maxillary assessment points were assessed in the horizontal and vertical planes of space by use of a line constructed 7° to sella-nasion at nasion as the horizontal reference. Results indicate that the amount of maxillary movement was similar for the two groups during the two time periods subsequent to the surgical procedure. However, it appears that the maxillae fixated with bone plates and screws were more stable than those with wire osteosynthesis during the last postoperative period (6 months to 1 year) and during the overall postoperative time interval (2 days to 1 year).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-343
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Volume95
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthodontics

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