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Degenerative Joint Disease (Arthritis)


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  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the joint

  • Degenerative disease of the jaw joint characterized by breakdown of articular cartilage, architectural changes in bone (bird-beaking), and degeneration of movements of the jaw.

  • OA more common in adults (age 40-50) and females. RA affects adults and children, but the TMJ is among the last joints involved.

  • May lead to chronic dislocation.