Sažetak Temporomandibular disorders represents a large group of musculoskeletal conditions of the masticatory system. The two most common TM disorders are masticatory muscle pain doisorders and inracapsular pain disorders. This presentation will discuss the differential diagnosis and management of intracapsular pain disorders. Functional anatomy of the temporoandibular joint will
be reviewed first. This will be followed by a description of the various alterations that can occur in the TMJ and their associated symptoms. Included in this review will be the proper indications and uses of occlusal appliances as determined by the research data collected over the last 20 years. Successful management of intracapsular pain
disorders can only bean once the clinician appreciates the various types of conditions that can occur in the TMJ as well as the natural course of these conditions.