Optimizing miniplate fixation for simple mandibular fractures

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Feb;123(2):691-693. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318195668e.


Optimal management of the mandible fracture is directly dependent on thorough evaluation, correct injury assessment, and timely initiation of appropriate therapy. As the mandible is a complex three-dimensional bone, significant structural differences in mandibular regions must be appreciated. While the small cross-section of the mandibular condyle imparts a particular vulnerability to injury, fractures of the angle, body, or symphyseal regions are associated with greater force and the potential for more complex injury. In conjunction with their video presentation, the authors discuss their approach to miniplate fixation of a symphyseal fracture.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / standards
  • Humans
  • Mandibular Fractures / surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / methods*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / standards
  • Videotape Recording