Reconstruction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in a growing child after release of ankylosis is a challenging problem in maxillofacial surgery. One of the goals of ideal reconstruction is to maintain normal growth and development of the face using an active growth centre. This case presentation refers to a 11-year-old child, which was diagnosed with an unilateral TMJ ankylosis. After the release of ankylosis mass, the reconstruction was performed using an iliac crest bone graft that is capable of active growth due to his intrinsic growth potential. This presentation refers to the experience using this type of autogenous graft and a 2-year follow up registration of the case.
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