The results of a temporomandibular joint survey sent to 167 members of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics indicated a great variation in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Although most indicated that their background in temporomandibular joint disorders was from clinical experience and/or textbooks and the dental literature, only 59% treated patients for these disorders. The most common diagnostic procedures were occlusal evaluation; joint evaluation for tenderness, crepitus, and click; evaluation of range of motion of the mandible; and a muscular evaluation. Only 35% used a formal temporomandibular joint dysfunction questionnaire. The percentage of complete denture patients with these symptoms was 5% or less. Thirty-three percent of clinicians sometimes treated asymptomatic patients who were without pain but had a click. Two thirds of the respondents believed that surgery was sometimes indicated for disk degeneration and displacement. More recent graduates are more likely to treat patients who have temporomandibular joint dysfunction than are older more experienced practitioners.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery