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Temporomandibular Disorders and Bruxism

  • Wallace L. MealieaJr.
  • F. Dudley McGlynn


Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders are characterized by facial pain and functional disturbances of the masticatory system. Traditionally these disorders have been the concern of dentistry. However, in concert with the biofeedback and behavioral medicine movements, TMJ disorders have become of interest to nondental clinicians. One purpose of the present chapter is to review applications of biofeedback to patients suffering from TMJ problems. The behavior known as bruxing involves excessively forceful clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. Bruxing has been a traditional concern of psychology and psychiatry as well as dentistry and bruxing probably is related to TMJ disorders in some patients. A second purpose of this chapter is to review biofeedback applications in the treatment of bruxism.


Relaxation Training Temporomandibular Disorder American Dental Association Biofeedback Treatment Occlusal Splint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wallace L. MealieaJr.
    • 1
  • F. Dudley McGlynn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community Dentistry, College of DentistryUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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