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July 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(1):22-24. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500010002e

My present purpose in speaking is to report some causes of the varieties in permanent ankylosis and to show plans of treatment that I have found very successful. I do this in the hope that it will be of service to others. Preparatory to the permanent cases I will refer to cases of temporary ankylosis that I regard as unique and interesting.

Temporary ankylosis, so commonly found, can be so speedily treated successfully that little new remains to be told. Nevertheless these cases sometimes cause much trouble to both patient and practitioner, when they result in serious complications, which may occur if proper treatment is not given in the early stage. See Garretson, Marshall and others for recognized methods.

The principal irritating causes of inflammation which lead to ankylosis of the jaws are exposed tooth pulps, retarded, malposed or impacted third molars, traumatism, cicatrix, tetanus, alveolar abscess,

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