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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 2013 Jun 11


language: English, Italian

STABLE: an innovative device for three-part maxillary osteotomy

Bertossi D. 1, Albanese M. 2, Farronato G. 3, Grendene E. 4, Picozzi V. 5, Lucchese A. 7, Gherlone E. 8, De Santis D. 1, D’Agostino A. 2, Nocini P. F. 6

1 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dental School, University of Verona, Verona; 2 Maxillo Facial Department, University of Verona, Italy; 3 Department of Orthodontics, IRCCS Cà Granda - Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico. University of Milan, Italy; 4 Private Practioner in Verona, Italy; 5 Department of Orthodontics, IRCCS Cà Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Italy; 6 Maxillo Facial Department, University of Verona Italy; 7 Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery, University of Ferrara, Italy; 8 Department of Dentistry, Vita Salute University, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy


Le Fort I osteotomy of the maxilla continues to be one of the most common techniques used in the surgical correction of a variety of dento-midfacial deformities. Occasionaly, however, surgeons may encounter difficulties during three-pieces Le Fort I procedures because the surgical movements are also prone to adverse movement and subsequent relapse. This case report describes a 26 year old man, who presented with a skeletal Class III malocclusion and a transverse maxillary deficency. The malocclusion was corrected with a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy (BSSO) and a segmental Le Fort I and post-treatment stabilization was achieved with the STABLE (Surgical Tripartition Auxiliary Block Element), a new and innovative device usefull after three-part maxillary Le Fort I surgery.

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