Craniofacial growth in children affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis involving the temporomandibular joint: Functional therapy management

Giampietro Farronato, Vera Carletti, Cinzia Maspero, Davide Farronato, Lucia Giannini, Claudio Bellintani

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Abstract

The aim of this study was twofold: 1) to asses the effects of a functional appliance on condyles damaged by juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). and 2) to evaluate its ability to reduce alterations in craniofacial development. Study design: Seventy-two JIA patients with temporomandibular involvement, ages ranging between 4 and 16 years, were treated. All of them presented temporomandibular joint involvement. They were treated with an activator and followed for 4 years. Results: At the second examination, it was possible to observe a reduction in mandibular retrusion and in the sagittal discrepancy between mandible and maxilla, a reduction in the angle of divergence, a counterclockwise rotation of the mandible, a reduction of the gonial angle, a longer mandibular ramus, a reduction in the discrepancy between anterior and posterior height caused by an increase in posterior height and a forward positioning of the chin. Conclusion: The functional appliance reduces the severity of facial alterations improving mandibular and condylar growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Volume33
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2009

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Juvenile Arthritis
Temporomandibular Joint
Mandible
Retrognathia
Chin
Equidae
Maxilla
Growth
Bone and Bones
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Functional appliance
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Temporomandibular involvement

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Dentistry(all)

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Craniofacial growth in children affected by juvenile idiopathic arthritis involving the temporomandibular joint : Functional therapy management. / Farronato, Giampietro; Carletti, Vera; Maspero, Cinzia; Farronato, Davide; Giannini, Lucia; Bellintani, Claudio.

In: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, Vol. 33, No. 4, 01.07.2009, p. 351-357.

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