Complications in the use of compression plates in the treatment of mandibular fractures

Michael D. Williams, Michael H. Pearson, Steven M. Milner

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The use of internal rigid fixation with plates in the treatment of facial fractures continues to increase in popularity. The principal advantage is in avoiding the use of maxillary mandibular fixation (intermaxillary fixation), thus enabling early return of function. However, there are clear guidelines for their use and technique of placement. A case is reported that demonstrates several avoidable complications in the use of compression plates and outlines the principles for the correct use of bone plates in mandibular fractures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-161
Number of pages3
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry(all)

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