- Volume 20 Issue 2
An Epidemiologic study was carried out on 77 TMD patients with degenerative joint disease who had visited the Orofacial Pain Clinic in Pusan National University Hospital. Al subjects were interviewed and examined clinically and radiologically using a standardized examination form. As related to gender and duration, subjective and objective sysmptoms in DJD patients were studied. The obtained results were as follows : 1. There were much more patients in the twenties or thirties, women and histories such as chronic duration and microtrauma. 2. Most patients responded positively more often to the questions of jaw function, unilateral chewing in habits, poot appetite and depression in behavioral response and shoulder pain in worsening prognosis 3. While the most common reasons for treatment were pain, noise, and limitation of opening, the associated symptoms such as headache, neckache, earache, jaw dysfunction, neck dysfunction, acute bite change and dizziness, ringing or fullness in the ears as secondary CNS excitatory effects were complained. 4. Opening the mouth in 25 to 40mm, soft end feel and deflective incisal pathway were seen and more tenderness to lateral or dorsal capsule of joint than intra or extra oral muscles were complained. 5. While there appeared no click, crepitus and single click in acute group, in chronic group, crepitus, single click and no click appeared in order of sequence. 6. Tomogram or bone scan revealed more bony changes than panorama and transcranial view.