If the patient neglects the reconstructive treatment after tooth loss
and remains partially edentulous for a long time, the position of the
remaining teeth changes over time.
With this change, interruption of normal occlusion or premature
contacts during chewing may cause joint disorders. As a result of not
being able to chew with the edentulous side, and favouring one side
increases the discomfort, leading to the progression of the disease
Hearing a popping sound when opening and closing the mouth,
decreased movement range while opening the mouth, pain radiating
to the ear, head and neck are among the symptoms of joint
disorders. Movement range while opening the mouth should not be
less than 3 fingers for a healthy person.
Diseases involving the temporomandibular joint can be treated with
simple interventions if diagnosed at an early stage.