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A 17-year-old female asked:

what is mild loss of tmj joint space? is it indicative of arthritis (which im relatively sure i dont have given that im 17 and healthy)?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Joint space loss: May indicate displacement of, or damage to, the cartilaginous disk in. the joint. Additional studies (MRI or CBCT) may be indicated.

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