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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Jacobs, Frederick Julius
Email fjjacobs@medic.up.ac.za
URN etd-10012009-130238
Document Title The effect of innovative screw angled mini-plates on biomechanical stability of mono-cortical fixation : an in vitro model
Degree PhD
Department Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof K W Butow Supervisor
Keywords
  • monocortical six-hole plates
  • mandibular angle plate
  • screw angled mini-plates
Date 2009-09-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
There is no evidence in the literature of biomechanical stability characteristics comparing conventional rectangular screw placement with that of an angled mono-cortical screw plating system where standard 2mm diameter screws are applied at angles more acute than conventional 90 screws, through plate holes machined (cut) for a definite specific screw angle placement P.

Angled screws will have an obvious clinical advantage of direct line of vision insertion, through an intra-oral route without the disadvantage of trans-buccal (cutaneous) approach required for conventional 90 rectangular screw application. Angled screw application will result in the prevention of possible, less post-operative swelling, nerve fall out (motor and/or sensory), haematoma, false aneurysm and scarring as unwanted clinical complications associated with trans-buccal extra-oral surgical technique. Intra-oral angled screw application will result in definitive cost saving due to less operating time required. Post-treatment removal of angled screws is uncomplicated, requiring only intra-oral surgical approach, without trochar use or skin incisions for screwdriver application.

By determining angle displacement values at certain clinical relevant force values for both compression/tension and torsion, preference can be established for ideal angle(s) of screw application in a plating system. An own unique, designed and manufactured, jig and inclined screw insertion (ISI) plates were implemented during the biomechanical evaluation of stability at different screw angle applications in a Zwick machine. For the purpose of this biomechanical comparative investigation an inclined screw insertion (ISI) plate was manufactured with 90, 75, 60 and 45 angled plate holes orientated in line with the long-axis (quadrant 3) of the distal section of the plates and diagonal across (quadrant 1) in the proximal section of the plates. Screws with an ISI angle of 30 in any quadrant application resulted in lifting the plate from the bone surface and caused cortical bone destruction during pilot drilling.

The results for mono-cortical 7mm screw placement proved superior in biomechanical stability during tension/compression - forces for screw insertion angles of 60 and 45, when compared to conventional 90 rectangular screw placement. Screws inserted at an angle of 75 demonstrated no improvement in compression/tension stability when compared with 90.Torsion force stability for all of the 75, 60 and 45 inclined screw insertion (ISI) systems proved more stable compared to conventional 90 screw angle plates. It is concluded that angled monocortical screw placement between angles 60 and 45 has clinical significance as far as stability, intra-oral surgical technique and time-cost factor is concerned.

The results of this biomechanical behaviour investigation of ISI, evolved new terminology such as screw-tip shifting, screw-tip travel, lag potential and clinical significance for the range of screw angle placement. Angled orientation to the plate design and plate geometry is also defined in terms of tension line distribution in the anatomical region for application in the mandible. An unique quadrant description for ISI is described for future communication.

An international patent, based on the ISI principle, has been registered for monocortical six-hole plates of firstly different geometric designs to conform to specific anatomical topographic sites in the mandible and secondly specific screw plate-holes angled at 60 in different orientation to the plate (Patent:PCT/EP 2006/006365), (Addendum 6). A specific L-shaped, mandibular angle plate with screw holes at a 60 angle where orientation shifts from in-line with the long-axis of the plate in the distal three plate holes to diagonal orientation in the proximal section of the plate, is designed and manufactured by Stryker/Leibinger as an example of such a patent plate.

It is recommended that a smart-lock plate with plate holes at 55 angles be manufactured to allow screw angle placements of 65 - 45 in different angle orientations. Pilot hole drilling and ISI can be performed without the use of a drill-guide.

2008, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Jacobs, FJ 2008, The effect of innovative screw angled mini-plates on biomechanical stability of mono-cortical fixation : an in vitro model , PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10012009-130238/ >

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