Relationship between balancing-side occlusal contact patterns and temporomandibular joint sounds in humans: proposition of the concept of balancing-side protection.

S. Minagi, H. Watanabe, T. Sato, H. Tsuru

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Balancing-side contact patterns and temporomandibular joint sounds were evaluated in 430 young adults. Correlational analysis revealed that there was a highly significant positive correlation between the absence of balancing-side contacts and an increasing prevalence of joint sounds with age (r = 0.975). These data support the hypothesis that certain types of balancing-side contacts may be protective of the temporomandibular joint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-256
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of craniomandibular disorders : facial & oral pain
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1990


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