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Oral surgery: part 3. Temporomandibular disorders

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Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a collection of conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the muscles of mastication and/or associated structures. They are probably one of the most commonly presenting chronic orofacial pain complaints to the dental profession. TMDs are recognised as a chronic illness and exert biopsychosocial effects on the patient and should therefore be managed in a biopsychosocial manner. This chapter will firstly cover the basic anatomy of the TMJ and its associated structures and then go on to discuss the signs and symptoms, aetiology, diagnosis, and broad management options for TMDs.

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Author(s): Durham J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2013

Volume: 215

Issue: 7

Pages: 331-337

Print publication date: 01/10/2013

Online publication date: 11/10/2013

Acceptance date: 16/07/2013

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.950


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NIHR-CS-011-003Department of Health