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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 30

Orthodontic management of anterior disc displacement without reduction

Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Fahad F Alsulaimani
Professor and Chairman of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, P.O. Box: 80209, Jeddah 21589
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jos.jos_24_22

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This article presents a novel idea for managing patients with anterior disc displacement without reduction that often develops in susceptible patients during routine orthodontic treatment. The patient was a 24-year-old male who presented with class I right molar and canine relationship and class III left molar and canine relationship on a class I skeletal base, complaining of bimaxillary crowding. The case was treated with fixed orthodontic appliance with maxillary expansion and unilateral mandibular extraction to eliminate the mandibular crowding. Due to a life crisis, the patient developed anterior disc displacement on the right joint. A maxillary occlusal splint was fabricated to reduce the symptoms and attempt to recapture the disc; however, this attempt failed. An attempt was then made to recapture the disc using occlusal pivots and elastics. The disc was eventually recaptured, and the patient resumed normal jaw function and mouth opening. This case report aims to demonstrate a new way to achieve stable occlusion in a patient who sustained disc displacement.

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