The Dentist

  • Ralf BürgersEmail author
  • Michael Behr


  1. 1.

    Patients with tinnitus are prima facie beyond the responsibility of dentists.

  2. 2.

    Studies of the prevalence of tinnitus in people with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) (give values from 2 to 59%) and the prevalence of TMD in patients with tinnitus ranging from 7 to 95%. Evidence about the relationship between TMD and tinnitus is conflicting and it is not known if it is causal or coincidental.

  3. 3.

    Patients with TMD-related tinnitus can benefit from TMD therapy but TMD therapy in patients with tinnitus without any signs of TMD is not recommended.



TMD Tinnitus Dentist 



Craniomandibular disorder(s)


Myofascial pain dysfunction


Temporomandibular disorder(s)


Temporomandibular joint


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Prosthetic DentistryUniversity Medical Center RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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