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Minerva Stomatologica 2007 July-August;56(7-8):399-404

language: English

Diagnostic methods for detection of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders - Part II

Kevilj R. 1, Mehuli´c K. 2, Dundjer A. 3

1 Dental Polyclinic Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
2 Department of Dental Prosthetics School of Denta-l Medicine University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
3 Dental Polyclinic Kaptol, Zagreb, Croatia


Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a term which includes numerous clinical symptoms that affect the teeth and their supportive apparatus, masticatory muscles and jaw joints. They are frequently the cause of orofacial painful conditions. Etiology of dysfunction is complex and the role and importance of certain etiological factors are inadequately defined. This study includes a review of the literature and presentation of a diagnostic protocol for the detection of signs and symptoms of TMD. Optoelectronic pantography enables the application of relatively uncomplicated methods for more precise and simpler diagnosis of the above disorder, at the same time recording the results in its software and storing them, which can be extremely important during the choice of therapeutic procedure and the control of therapy efficacy.

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