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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1990
Volume 5 , Issue 1

Pages: 29 - 34

Positioning and mobility of the mandibular condyle after surgical correction of the asymmetric, prognathic mandible

Tornes/Gilhuus-Moe/McCallum, Jr./Wisth

Following the extraoral vertical subcondylar osteotomy in th correction of the highly asymmetric and prognathic mandible, only insignificant radiographic changes were observed in the temporomandibular joint 12 months postoperatively. Slight morphologic alterations of the condylar seating were demonstrated at occlusion, but there was no signifianct difference in condylar position between the two sides of the surgically corrected asymmetric mandible. The condylar axis did not deviate from the preoperative situation, and condylar mobility was fully resumed 12 months postoperatively. The extraoral vertical subcondylar osteotomy procedure is applicable in the treatment of combined mandibular asymmetry and prognathism and does not create morphologic changes that differ in the two temporomandibular joints.


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