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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Summer 1993
Volume 7 , Issue 3

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Scientific evidence of occlusion and craniomandibular disorders


Pages: 235-240
PMID: 9116622

The rejection of the old hypothesis concerning the role of occlusal factors in craniomandibular disorders has been suggested because of the lack of evidence supporting the hypothesis. However, it would be more helpful to seek tests that clearly show that the hypothesis is wrong. Most of the studies used to favor rejection of this hypothesis have incorporated designs precluding any causal conclusions on the role of occlusal factors. Time and resources have been wasted in repeated efforts to obtain what is only associative proof; studies designed to address the causal question are few. There are, as yet, no results clearly warranting the rejection of the hypothesis that occlusal factors are part of a causal complex of craniomandibular disorders.

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