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.
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