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Changes in condylar long axis and skeletal stability after bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy with poly-L-lactic acid or titanium plate fixation.

This study was designed to assess skeletal stability after bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy (BSSO) and fixation with a poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) plate, as compared to that after BSSO and fixation with a titanium plate, and to analyze the change in the condylar long axis after these procedures. The study group comprised 40 patients who had mandibular prognathism (20, titanium group; 20, PLLA group). The groups were randomized to show similar distributions of preoperative SNB. All patients underwent BSSO setback by the Obwegeser method. Fixation was done with bent titanium plates or bent PLLA plates, applied in a similar manner. Lateral, frontal, and submental-vertical cephalograms were analyzed preoperatively and postoperatively. The maximum mouth opening range and the incidence of temporomandibular disorders were also evaluated. There was no significant difference in the right condylar angle or width between the two groups, but the left condylar angle and width, gonial angle, and ramus inclination differed significantly between them (P<0.05). SNA, SNB, and ANB were similar in both groups. There was no significant difference between the groups in maximum mouth opening range or temporomandibular disorders. We conclude that the change in condylar angle after BSSO and fixation with a titanium plate is greater than that after BSSO and fixation with a PLLA plate, but skeletal stability related to the occlusion is similar for the two procedures.[1]

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  1. Changes in condylar long axis and skeletal stability after bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy with poly-L-lactic acid or titanium plate fixation. Ueki, K., Nakagawa, K., Marukawa, K., Takazakura, D., Shimada, M., Takatsuka, S., Yamamoto, E. International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery. (2005) [Pubmed]
 
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