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6Fixation

Alternative position of a single plate on the angle

Alternative: plate on the lateral surface of the angle

Illustration shows the alternative position of a single plate on the angle.

If it is decided that placement of a bone plate along the external oblique ridge is not possible and instead will be placed on the lateral surface of the bone, a stronger, thicker miniplate is required. In such cases, one should use a miniplate made of grade IV titanium, and one should consider using a thicker plate or one with a broader centerspan, because when a plate is placed on the lateral surface, the plate will be stressed in torsion rather than tension. The plate must be much stronger in such instances. For this technique, transbuccal trocar instrumentation will be necessary to place all screws.