02/12/2010
AO Technical Commission Approved

Matrix Mandible SystemPreformed Reconstruction Plate

One of the biggest challenges in mandibular reconstructive procedures is the bending of the large (or heavy) reconstruction plates. Not only can this become a time-consuming process, the bending tools can also introduce stress into the plate and even leave marks. Oftentimes this can lead to reduced fatigue life of the implant. The new preformed reconstruction plate was designed based on the matrix mandible systems 2.5 mm (light blue) plates to overcome the effects of plate fatigue due to overinstrumentation.

The preformed plates provide a 3-D shape which is based on the statistical analysis of mandible models obtained from over 2,000 CT scans, originating from various adult populations in collaboration with Marc C Metzger (Freiburg, Germany) who had already played a crucial part in developing the preformed orbital plate from the matrix orbit system.

Fig 1 Preformed reconstruction plate.

The plates are available in three sizes: small, medium, and large with each plate offering a section of increased strength in the body and angle regions. The anatomical shape of the preformed reconstruction plates also allows for transoral application, ie, in combination with transbuccal instrumentation and/or the 90 screwdriver. The minimal intraoperative bending that is required preserves the optimal threaded-hole shape, especially in the preformed sections. These features result in a plate with increased fatigue life compared to standard reconstruction plates, thus reducing the risk of plate failure.

Fig 2 Set module.


The preformed mandible reconstruction plates are intended for use in oral and maxillofacial surgery, trauma, and reconstructive surgery. This includes primary mandibular reconstruction, comminuted fractures, and temporary bridging until delayed secondary reconstruction, including fractures in edentulous and atrophic mandibles, and unstable fractures. They are 2.5 mm thick and are made from pure titanium. They can be used with the light blue locking screws (2.4 mm) from the matrix mandible system. Anatomically preformed sizers facilitate the correct plate size selection in the OR.

Fig 3 Plate with screw module indicating the right screws for ramus, body, and symphysis.

Fig 4 Sizer.


Fig 5 Bending template.

Case 1: A 27-year-old woman with an odontogenic myxoma in the left mandible. The preformed reconstruction plate was inserted prior to the tumor resection using a transoral approach with only a small additional transbuccal incision. To date the patient is free of symptoms with no signs of hypoaesthesia of the mandible and no signs of relapse. After another relapse-free period dental implants are planned for oral rehabilitation.

Fig 1 ad Transoral application of preformed reconstruction plate before tumor dissection.

Fig 2

ab Preoperative radiograph and MRI.

c Postoperative radiograph.

Case provided by Christoph Pautke, Mnchen, Germany


Case 2: A 65-year-old man suffering from an oral cancer in the anterolateral floor of the mouth with infiltration of the right mandible. The preformed reconstruction plate was applied to the lateral surface of the hemimandible prior to en bloc tumor resection, including a bone segment via extended submandibular access. The missing bone was replaced with a revascularized scapula border in combination with a soft-tissue parascapular flap. The patient has had no recurrence 1.5 years postoperatively.

Fig 1 Implant, sizer, and template on surgical field.


Fig 2ac Determining the correct implant size with the sizer and preliminary fixation.


Fig 3ac En bloc resection of the mandible body segment with the overlying soft tissues of the floor of the mouth.


Fig 4 Primary fixation of implant, serving as a load-bearing bridge over the bone gap.


Fig 5 Reconstruction with revascularized scapular border composite flap.


Fig 6 Panoramic x-ray 1.5 years postoperatively.

Case provided by Carl-Peter Cornelius, Mnchen, Germany

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