Journal Article

The aetiology of temporomandibular disorders: a philosophical overview

John R. C. Mew

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 19, issue 3, pages 249-258
Published in print June 1997 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online June 1997 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
The aetiology of temporomandibular disorders: a philosophical overview

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Over the last 50 years many theories have been put forward to explain the syndrome currently called ‘temporomandibular disorders’. However, it is doubtful whether any single theory fits all the complex features of this condition. The ‘multifactorial’ explanation also appears flawed. On the assumption that a valid theory should fit the whole evidence, this paper starts by separating the ‘predisposing’ from the ‘initiating’ factors, and notes that most existing theories appear to identify the former rather than the latter. The research material is examined in an effort to formulate a theory that is both logical and fits all the known clinical findings.

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Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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