J Korean Dent Sci.  2018 Jun;11(1):21-31. 10.5856/JKDS.2018.11.1.21.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and Occlusal Changes: Case Reports

  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Section of Dentistry, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea. kyk0505@snubh.org
  • 2Department of Dentistry and Dental Research Institute, School of Dentistry, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.


Occlusion may change spontaneously but dental treatment or trauma in the patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) may also alter occlusion. This report presents three cases displaying occlusal changes. Review of literature emphasizes the significance of TMD treatment. Conservative treatment modalities such as counseling, medication, physical therapy and splint therapy may be selected as initial treatment options. Irreversible or invasive treatment, such as orthodontic, prosthodontic, and occlusal adjustment should not be attempted early. In case there is no response to conservative treatment, joint injection, muscle injection, arthrocentesis or arthroscopic surgery might be performed.


Occlusal change; Temporomandibular disorder; Temporomandibular joint disorders
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