SURGICAL RECONSTRUCTION OF TMJ

V.M. Ramil Novo, A. G. Garcìa, L. Berini Aytes, C. G. Escogada

Abstract


Certain situations and pathological processes that arise with temporomandibular joint destruction can only be resolved with surgical reconstructive procedures in order to attempt a functional and anatornical rehabilitation of this joint. Many of these situations can be surgically treated with the patient's own autologous tissues. However, in sorne patients reconstruction is complex and the use of autologous tissues is unadvisable whereas reconstruction utilizing alloplastic materials may be an appropriate altemative. The following report describes 4 clinical cases in which autologous grafts or Christensen joint prothesis are employed intemporomandibular joint reconstruction.

Keywords


TMJ prosthesis; Christensenjoint prosthesis; autologous bone grafts; costochondral grafts; iliac crest grafts

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