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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 156-160

A unique case of trauma from occlusion: TMJ fibrous ankylosis

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge, JCD Dental College, Sirsa, Haryana, India
2 Department of Radiology, Dr. Lal Path Labs Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, India

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Ashish Chaturvedi
Department of Prosthodontics, A-12 Ground floor, Aditya Corporate Hub, RDC Rajnagar, Ghaziabad - 201 002
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.111178

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The temporomandibular joint is one of the most important yet most poorly understood joint of the human body. In a study, it was found that about 59% (56.6% males and 62.5% females) of subjects exhibit one or more signs of TMJ dysfunction. Although there are relatively few patients who develop such a degenerative change in TMJ that requires a surgical intervention; yet small adhesions, fibrous ankylosis, and other age changes like subluxation etc., are common findings. Conservative management protocol can provide favorable and long lasting solution. Complete ankylosis is a very rare finding, so the decision to opt for conservative techniques or a more permanent surgical cure is highly controversial, since in most of the cases the problem is an incidental finding, therefore proper clinical diagnosis, accurate radiological assessment, judgment of the prognosis and winning the patient's confidence are all important components in the management of these cases.

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