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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1991
Volume 6 , Issue 3

Pages: 143 - 151

Surgical mandibular advancement in adolescents: postsurgical growth related to stability


Ten of 12 adolescents treated with surgical mandibular advancement showed postsurgical mandibular growth, as indicated by an increase in the distance from condylion to pogonion. In all cases, the growth was expressed vertically relative to the cranial base, so that the chin did not come forward. None of the patients had significant increments of anterior maxillary growth postsurgically. Several patients had vertical maxillary growth, which was compensated by vertical mandibular growth, so that the anteroposterior position of the chin was maintained. Forward growth of the maxilla is minimal after the peak of the adolescent growth spurt, and results of mandibular advancement surgery can be acceptably stable after that time.


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