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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine