Choice of Osteotomy Procedure Not a Major Outcome Factor in Treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

03/29/2002
By David Ball

Three procedures for condylotomy on the internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint achieved acceptable outcomes in a long-term follow-up investigation.

Findings from a study of 22 patients with class I in Angle's classification of malocclusion, however, showed the osteotomy technique used might be only a contributing factor to the curative effect.

Researchers from Korean universities of Inje, Eulji and Hallym, followed up subjects (mean age 20.8 years) who all showed Wilkes stage II or early stage III. Before and after surgery, the researchers recorded the positional change of the condylar segment, the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) and maximum mouth opening (MMO).

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