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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Trigeminal Nerve Inflammation, and Biomechanical Dental Treatments for the Suppression of Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms

  • Anthony B. Sims
  • G. Gary Demerjian
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Abstract

The authors present clinical work that links dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to a variety of neurological disorders. We demonstrate that mechanical realignment between the maxilla and the mandible with oral orthotics can be used to rapidly suppress certain debilitating neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms, including the movement disorders characteristic of Tourette’s syndrome, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm, and Parkinson’s disease. Some of these disorders may be initiated by peripheral nerve injury of the mandibular nerve, particularly its auriculotemporal branch, located near the TMJ.

Abbreviations

AT

Auriculotemporal

TMJD

Temporomandibular joint disorders

Notes

Acknowledgements

Declaration of Conflict of Interest: Dr. Garabed G. Demerjian receives financial remuneration from patients for the construction and fitting of the oral orthotics.

Dr. Anthony B. Sims also receives financial remuneration from patients for the construction and fitting of the oral orthotics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony B. Sims
    • 1
  • G. Gary Demerjian
    • 2
  1. 1.Maryland Center for Craniofacial, TMJ and Dental Sleep DisordersColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Center for TMJ & Sleep TherapyGlendoraUSA

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