1986 Volume 32 Issue 11 Pages 2035-2041
Many authors have reported the evidence of the involvement of the temporomandibular joint in chronic rheumatoid arthritis. There were shown various degrees of destruction and changes in the temporomandibular region upon by roentogenological examination. However, it was very rare that the jaw function was disturbed as severely as in ankylosis.
In this report, a case, the clinical experiences for which are described was treated by intermaxillary traction for the correction of the anterior condylar displacement associated with occlusal deviation and fibrous ankylosis of the right temporomandibular joint. As a result, occlusal disability was corrected with the subluxation of the lower anterior teeth. In the follow-up period of three and half years after initial treatment, she showed no severe limitation of the mouth opening and disability in taking food by herself with maintainance of jaw function and acceptable occlusion.