Plate types

 General considerations
 Mandible plates 2.0
 Locking plates 2.0
 Dynamic compression plates 2.4
 Universal fracture plate 2.4
 Locking reconstruction plates 2.4
General considerations

A large variety of plates are available for application to the mandible. Types of plates include:

  • Mandible plates 2.0
  • Locking plates 2.0
  • (Locking) reconstruction plates
  • Dynamic compression plates
  • Universal fracture plates

Plate names are commonly given together with a number (eg, locking plate 2.0) which indicates the diameter of screws to be used with the plate.

Note that there are different names internationally in use for the same plate. For example, with regard to the screw diameter, the number representing the screw diameter can either follow the plate name, eg, locking plate 2.0 or precede it, eg,2.0 locking plate. The latter is used throughout AO Surgery Reference.

Locking plates 2.0

Locking plates 2.0 are available in a variety of plate thicknesses (referred to as profile). All locking plates 2.0 can hold either locking head screws or standard (nonlocking) screws.

Locking plates 2.0 available are:

  • Small profile locking plate 2.0
  • Medium profile locking plate 2.0
  • Large profile locking plate 2.0
  • Extra-large profile locking plate 2.0

Click here  for further details on the locking plate principle.

These illustrations show typical medium profile locking plates 2.0.

Dynamic compression plates 2.4

This illustration shows dynamic compression plates 2.4. Screws inserted bicortically are needed when using 2.4 plates

Click here  for further details on the compression principle.