Conservative orthodontic treatment for a patient with a unilateral condylar fracture
Carlos Alberto Estevanell Tavares and Susiane Allgayer. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2012;141:e75-e84
Trauma to the mandible often causes condylar fracture. This article reports the conservative treatment of a 10-year-old girl with a unilateral condylar fracture, highlighting the diagnostic aspects involved and the strategy used. The conservative approach used for this patient—bionator followed by full fixed orthodontic appliances—provided adequate esthetic and functional results. The outcomes throughout the 7-year follow-up and the remodeling process of the condyle observed in the panoramic radiographs proved the success of this treatment.