n Evidence Based Summaries in Dentistry - Occlusal adjustment for treating temporomandibular joint disorders : summary

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2223-5353


Summarised from:

Koh H, Robinson P. Occlusal adjustment for treating and preventing temporomandibular joint disorders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2003, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD003812. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003812.

When the joint between the lower jaw and the base of the skull is not working well (temporomandibular disorders (TMD)), it can lead to abnormal jaw movement or locking, noises (clicking or grating), muscle spasms, tenderness or pain. TMD is very common, and might be caused by occlusion (the way the teeth bite), trauma or stress. Treatments include occlusal adjustment, splints, physiotherapy and surgery. Occlusal adjustment involves adjusting the biting surface of teeth by grinding the enamel (outer layer of the tooth).

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