DOI: 10.1002/hed.27489 ISSN:

Alloplastic reconstruction of the mandible after subtotal mandibulectomy for medication‐related osteonecrosis of the jaw: An update of the method

Christian Bräuer, Katrin Ullmann, Günter Lauer, Adrian Franke, Niall M. H. McLeod, Henry Leonhardt
  • Otorhinolaryngology



Reconstruction of continuity defects following osteonecrosis in multimorbid patients is challenging. In all cases of the predescribed palliative treatment method for alloplastic mandible reconstruction, plate fractures were detected in follow‐up. We hypothesized that a modification could avoid these fractures, leading to stable long‐term results.


This retrospective study compares the original method with a modification using single, laser‐sintered CAD–CAM plates instead of manually bent miniplates. The predescribed shuttering technique was used to reconstruct the mandible in its original shape with bone cement.


Uneventful wound healing was observed in 86% of the cases after modification of the method. No implant or plate fracture occurred.


The presented method should be considered as a treatment option for mandible reconstruction in elderly, multimorbid patients in palliative situations. The results of this study suggest that the modification of the method leads to significantly improved long‐term stability. Donor site morbidity is avoided with this method of palliative surgery.

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