Rigid stabilization of sagittal fractures of the maxilla and palate

Paul N. Manson, Dean Glassman, Craig Vanderkolk, Paul Petty, William A. Crawly

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Rigid stabilization of sagittal fractures of the palate is described that utilizes plate and screw fixation in the palatal vault. Accurate reduction of facial width is obtained, and stability is significantly enhanced. An existing laceration or a longitudinal incision in the palatal muco-periosteum provides exposure for maxillary adaption plate application. The transpalatal reduction should be supplemented by fixation at the piriform aperture, the zygomaticomaxillary and nasomaxillary buttresses, and by the use of an arch bar. Since slower bone healing may be observed following palatoalveolar fractures, the occlusion must be observed for deviation throughout a full 16-week period even though early motion and soft diet are permitted. Removal of the plate and screws in the roof of the mouth is sometimes required and utilizes local anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-717
Number of pages7
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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