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The International Journal of Adult Orthodontics & Orthognathic Surgery
(Published from 1986-2002)

Edited by Robert L. Vanarsdall, DDS and Raymond P. White, Jr, DDS, PhD

Continued by World Journal of Orthodontics.

ISSN 0742-1931

The International Adult Orthodontics & Orthognathic Surgery
Volume 16, Issue 3


Stability of maxillary advancement using rigid fixation and porous-block hydroxyapatite grafting: Cleft palate versus non-cleft patients

Pushkar Mehra, BDS, Larry M. Wolford, DMD, Joel K. Hopkin, DMD, Vanessa Castro, DDS, Rogerio Frietas, DDS

This study was undertaken to evaluate the stability of maxillary advancement using bone plates for skeletal stabilization and porous block hydroxyapatite (PBHA) as a bone graft substitute for interpositional grafting in cleft and non-cleft patients. The records of 74 patients (41 females, 33 males) who underwent Le Fort I maxillary advancement using rigid fixation and PBHA interpositional grafting were evaluated retrospectively. All patients also underwent simultaneous sagittal split mandibular ramus osteotomies. Patients were divided into 2 groups for study purposes: group 1 consisted of 17 cleft palate patients and group 2 consisted of 57 non-cleft patients. Each group was further subdivided into 2 subgroups based on the concurrent vertical positioning of the maxillary incisors: groups 1a and 2a, where the maxilla underwent 3 mm or more of inferior repositioning, and groups 1b and 2b, where the maxilla underwent minimal vertical change ( 1 mm). Presurgery, immediate postsurgery, and longest follow-up lateral cephalometric tracings were superimposed and analyzed to calculate surgical change and long-term stability of results by assessing horizontal and vertical changes at point A, incisor superius, and the mesial cusp tip of maxillary first molar. The average follow-up time in group 1 was 37.9 months (range 12 to 136) and in group 2 was 28.77 months (range 17 to 88). Average maxillary advancement at point A was: group 1a, 5.4 mm; group 1b, 5.25 mm; group 2a, 5.48 mm; group 2b, 5.46 mm. Average relapse at point A was: group 1a, -0.75 mm; group 1b, -1 mm; group 2a, -0.47 mm; group 2b, -0.48 mm. Average horizontal and/or vertical relapse at the central incisors and first molars was 1 mm or less in group 1 and less than 0.5 mm in group 2. Although there was a slightly greater relapse in group 1, no statistically significant difference was observed between the groups. Maxillary advancement with Le Fort 1 osteotomies using rigid fixation and interpositional PBHA grafting during bimaxillary surgery is a stable procedure with good predictability in cleft and non-cleft patients, regardless of the direction of vertical maxillary movement. (Int J Adult Orthod Orthognath Surg 2001;16:193-199)

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