Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is a disease that can involve the temporomandibular joint unilaterally or bilaterally
causing specific malocclusions. CASE REPORT: This paper reports a case of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis in an 8-year-old
male with unilateral involvement of the temporomandibular joint, with remarkable asymmetry of the left mandible and reduced
left facial height. The management of the temporomandibular damage consisted in the treatment with an activator in order to
help mandibular ramus growth with a subsequent enhancement in occlusion, masticatory function and profile. This treatment
has several advantages and permits to correct the typical malocclusion exhibited by these patients, to improve the clinical
signs of the disease and to obtain stability over time.
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Harvard: G. Farronato, V. Carletti, L. Giannini, D. Farronato, C. Maspero (2011) "Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis with temporomandibular joint involvement: functional treatment", European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 12(2), pp131-134. doi:
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