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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-32

Modified stethoscope for auscultation of temporomandibular joint sounds

Department of Prosthodontics, Sharad Pawar Dental College and Hospital, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha, Maharashatra, India

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Sanjiv Rajender Dagar
Room No 16, Department of Prosthodontics, Sharad Pawar dental college & hospital, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha - 442 001, Maharashatra
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.25879

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The masticatory system is extremely complex. It is made up primarily of bones, muscles, ligaments and teeth. Normally, the physical examination of the masticatory muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) involves thorough muscle palpation, palpation, auscultation for TMJ sounds and measurement of mandibular range of motion. A trained clinician who uses palpation and a stethoscope, typically performs this assessment. One of the characteristic features of many patients with temporomandibular disorders, is joint sound. A widely used method for joint sound detection, is the clinical examination of the joint with light finger palpation of the TMJ during motion and stethoscope auscultation, as needed.

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