1 Approach topenlarge
2 Reduction topenlarge
Arch bars are applied and occlusion is checked. The occlusion is then secured by mandibulomaxillary fixation (MMF). Click here for a detailed description of the MMF technique.
Pearl: securing the reduction
It may be beneficial to use forceps to maintain the reduction while securing the MMF.
3 Fixation topenlarge
This technique in the management of a complex (comminuted) palatal fracture is commonly referred to as a closed technique. It is common to perform ORIF with the placement of a longer plate or individual smaller plates to span the alveolar fractures that are in continuity with the palatal fractures. We refer to this as a closed technique because an open reduction of the palate has not been performed, even though ORIF may be applied to the anterior alveolar ridge.
More information on CMF implants can be found here.
Note: In placing the second plate on the anterior alveolar fracture, consider the position of additional plates to be placed for the fixation of the Le Fort I fracture.
4 Addressing the Le Fort I fracture topenlarge
In the illustrated case, the Le Fort I fracture needs to be addressed after the palatal unit has been repaired. Please refer to the section on Le Fort fractures for further details.