In this video Dr. Lee Ann Brady discusses the use of occlusal appliance designs that support the temporomandibular joint.
Patients with complete or partial disc displacements, who have significant joint inflammation sometimes need a uniquely designed occlusal appliance that helps to support the joint with posterior contacts. This design can be critical in helping a select group of patients feel better and allow resolution of the inflammatory process. Some of the appliance designs that offer joint support have significant risks that we must understand and inform the patient about.
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