Purpose To evaluate three-dimensional change in maxillary position using biodegradable plates. Material and methods A total of 53 patients who underwent orthognathic surgery using biodegradable plates were analyzed retrospectively. The position of maxilla was measured three-dimensionally using cone beam computed tomography data at preoperative (T0), 1-month postoperative (T1), and 1-year postoperative (T2) time points. Changes in the maxilla 1 year after the operation (T2-T1) were analyzed to demonstrate postoperative stability. The correlation between postoperative relapse (T2-T1) and surgical movement (T1-T0) of the maxilla was investigated. Results At 1-year postoperatively, no significant changes in maxillary position were noted in the antero-posterior and transverse dimensions. The anterior maxillary position in the vertical dimension also showed no significant changes, but the posterior maxillary position (posterior nasal spine, greater palatine foramen) showed a 0- to 2.98-mm relapse at 1-year postoperatively. The posterior maxilla tended to relapse inferiorly when the amount of surgical upward movement was greater than 3-3.5 mm and to relapse superiorly when the amount of surgical upward movement was less than 3-3.5 mm. For all patients, no postoperative complications in the osteofixated maxilla were observed during the follow-up period. Conclusion Maxilla fixed with biodegradable plates was stable in the antero-posterior and transverse and the vertical (anterior maxilla) dimensions. Posterior maxillary vertical relapse was clinically acceptable, but relapse patterns that relate to the amount of surgical upward movement should be considered for surgical treatment planning.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Oral Surgery