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Mandible fragment fixation during reconstruction: the splint-and-plate technique

Mandible fragment fixation during reconstruction: the splint-and-plate technique

Annals of Plastic Surgery 31(2): 128-133

One of the most popular methods of mandible fragment fixation is the precontoured reconstruction plate technique. Unfortunately, this method is not a reliable option when tumor distorts the mandibular contour or extends through the buccal cortex of the mandible. An alternative to the precontoured reconstruction plate is the splint-and-plate technique of mandible fragment fixation. An application of this appliance and method in 10 patients revealed the technique's advantages. The splint can be applied quickly and does not obstruct the ablative or reconstructive procedure. Further, the splint accurately keys the dentition and reliably maintains temporomandibular joint relationships. Finally, this technique provides a reference point to the exact position of the symphysis and angle when these landmarks have been resected.

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