Use of orthopedic finger distractor for facial asymmetry correction

J Clin Pediatr Dent. Winter 2005;29(2):99-103. doi: 10.17796/jcpd.29.2.bq3620225611203u.


Facial asymmetry after unilateral ankylosis results due to the loss of the condylar growth center on the ankylosed side. This results in the skeletal midline deviating to the affected side, a lack of vertical growth on the same side produces a cant of the occlusal plane and mandibular retrognathism is seen as a result of the hypoplasia. The lower border of the mandibular corpus and angle on the contra lateral side is usually flattened. We report a case of facial asymmetry following unilateral ankylosis, which was treated by a combined approach with distraction osteogenesis and orthodontics. Inexpensive orthopedic finger distractors were used. The facial changes were analyzed using the Grummons facial asymmetry analysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Ankylosis / therapy*
  • Child
  • Facial Asymmetry / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Equipment*
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction / instrumentation*