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A Young Patient with Temporomandibular Joint Osteoarthritis: Case Report

Ema Vrbanović orcid id ; Studentica poslijediplomskog doktorskog studija na Stomatološkom fakultetu Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Iva Alajbeg ; Zavod za mobilnu protetiku Stomatološkog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Hrvatska

Puni tekst: hrvatski pdf 557 Kb

str. 232-239

preuzimanja: 277


Puni tekst: engleski pdf 557 Kb

str. 232-239

preuzimanja: 762



This paper describes a case of a young patient who sought help because of pain in the right temporomandibular joint (TMJ). She also reported increasing of pain during chewing. Clinical examination revealed limited mouth opening with uncorrected deviation to the ipsilateral side. Palpation of the lateral pole of the right condyle discovered crepitus, and maximum assisted opening elicited a report of “familiar pain”. The diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the TMJ (RDC / TMD criteria, Axis I, Group III) was confirmed by CBCT of TMJ. There is no “gold standard” for the management of TMD, but the need for TMD treatment has to be based on precise indications related to the presence of pain, limitation in function of the lower jaw and signs of degenerative joint disease. Conservative, reversible therapeutic procedures are considered as the first choice for TMD treatment and their task is to improve the function of the entire masticatory system. In this case patient was treated with the combination of physical therapy and stabilization splint, in order to reduce the pain and restore the normal function of the lower jaw. At 6 months’ follow-up symptoms have almost completely disappeared, while
3 years later, the patient still has no significant subjective symptoms. In the present case non-invasive therapy was sufficient to bring, otherwise recurrent nature of osteoarthritis, in complete remission and keep it like that for years.

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, Osteoarthritis, Occlusal Splints, Physical Therapy Specialty

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