TMJ Disorders and Occlusal Splint Therapy – A Review

Rajendra G Deshpande, Swapnali Mhatre


The aim of this paper is to review different treatment options and various appliances reported in the literature available for treatment of temporomandibuler joint disorder. It will also provide the practitioner with useful information that may be of assistance in the prediction of outcome and success of splint appliance therapy.


A Bite Guard;Night Guard;Interocclusal Appliances;IntraOral Orthodontic;Anterior repositioning device


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