Although TMJ sound is common, its relationship to subjective and objective evaluation and the magnitude and the position of the sound during the mandibular movement is not fully understood. So, the purpose of this investigation was to provide further insight into the characteristics of the TMJ sounds. Twelve subjects (9 men and 3 women) with TMJ sounds were selected from students at Chosun University, School of Dentistry. Condylar movements and TMJ sounds of each subject were recorded and analyzed using a simplified condylar path recorder and a sound checker. Although specific conclusions were difficult to make from this study, the finding suggested the followings. 1. The position of TMJ sounds were visually observed and marked on the condylar tracings during maximum opening and closing, protrusive and retrusive and right and left lateral movements. 2. Information about the size, location and number of condylar deviations and the translation freedom of the condyle was recorded and analyzed objectively. 3. The most obvious characteristic of TMJ sounds was their variability. 4. TMJ sounds were categorized into one of four groups (soft click, hard click, soft crepitus, hard crepitus) by the quality and quantity of the duration and amplitude components.
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