Mandibular angle fractures: Does presence of third molars in fracture line affect postoperative complications?


This review of whether the presence of the lower third molar in the mandibular angle fracture line is associated with postoperative complications included 34 studies. The quality of teh included studies was low to very low so the findings should be viewed cautiously.

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Titanium or resorbable plates for orthognathic surgery


This Cochrane review compared titanium & bioresorbable fixation systems for orthognathic surgery. Only 2 RCTS were identified providing insufficient evidence to determine if titanium plates or resorbable plates are superior.

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Anterior mandibular fractures: review suggests lag screws and 1 plate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates for fixation


This is one of a series of reviews that has looked at postoperative complications following different treatments for mandibular fractures. This review focuses on anterior mandibular fractures with the findings suggesting that lag screws and single miniplate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates

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Mandibular fractures: review finds that use of a single miniplates reduced postoperative complications


This review looked at which internal fixation method for mandibular fractures resulted in lowest complication rate. 20 studies were included and they found use of 1 miniplate is superior to using 2 ; and the transbuccally placed lateral miniplate was better than one placed on the external oblique ridge

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Review suggests lower complication rates with 3D miniplate fixation of mandibular angle fractures compared with standard miniplates


Mandibular fractures are relatively common and about 12-40% involve the mandibular angle. The use of three-dimensional (3D) strut plates is increasingly being suggested as an alternative to conventional miniplates. The aim of this review was to assess whether there was a difference in clinical outcomes between standard and 3D miniplates in the management of mandibular [read the full story…]

Limited study suggests that use of semi-rigid plates and screws reduce mandibular fracture treatment costs


Fractures of the mandible are a common occurrence.  Two approaches to treatment of mandibular fractures are; rigid fixation using large titanium plates and bicortical screws that function in a load-bearing manner using Arbeitsge-menschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen (AO) principles or semi-rigid fixation using small titanium plates and monocortical screws that function in a load-sharing manner placed according [read the full story…]

Longer term outcomes of biodegradable plates for maxillofacial surgery


Yesterday I looked at a systematic review of biodegradable plates for orthognathic surgery. One of the trials included in the review  (Buijs et al) had reported outcomes at 8 weeks. Recently the authors of that study have reported 2-year results (van Bakelen et al). The original aim of the study was to compare the clinical [read the full story…]

Some evidence to suggest that bioresorbable plates may be effective for orthognathic surgery


Internal fixation for orthognathic surgery is commonly performed using titanium plates and screws although in recent years there has been an increase in the use of bioresorbable fixation systems.  However there are concerns about the stability of fixation. The aim of this review was to include all publicly available literature on the skeletal stability of [read the full story…]

Plating fractures of the angle of the mandible via a transbuccal approach may result in lower infection rates

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether fixation of fractures of  the mandibular angle  using miniplates placed through a transbuccal approach  resulted in lower infection rates that those placed on the mandibular external oblique ridge using an intra-oral approach. What did they do Patients were randomised (by year of birth) to having their [read the full story…]