Purpose: This study examined the use of a locking reconstruction bone plate/screw system for use in mandibular surgery. Patients and Methods: All patients treated with a locking reconstruction bone plate/screw system for fractures of the mandible or continuity defects in an 18-month period were prospectively studied. Ease of use of the locking plate/screw system, characteristics of the fractures/defects, and complications were tabulated. Results: One hundred two locking bone plates were placed in 84 patients. Most patients (n = 75) were treated for fractures of the mandible; there were eight continuity defects and one case of mandibular narrowing. There were no cases of malocclusion or difficulties encountered in using the plate/screw system. Loss of fixation was encountered in only one patient. Conclusions: The use of a locking plate/screw system was found to be simple, and it offers advantages over conventional bone plates by not requiring the plate to be compressed to the bone to provide stability.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery