Effects of Occlusal Splint and Therapeutic Home Exercises

2019-10-10 09:39:38 | BioPortfolio


In this randomized controlled study, investigators planned to investigate the efficacy of oral occlusive splint and therapeutic home exercises in increasing the quality of life and reducing somatic and neuropathic pain in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, determine their effects on other clinical data, and report long-term outcomes


The aim of the present study to compare the efficacy of oral occlusive splint and therapeutic home exercises in increasing the quality of life and reducing somatic and neuropathic pain in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction and report long-term outcomes.

One hundred and one patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction were included in the study. The patients were randomly divided into two groups: The first group received a mandibular oral occlusal splint and the second group was given a home exercise program for the temporomandibular joint. The patients were evaluated based on their maximum mouth opening, visual analog scale, short-form McGill pain questionnaire, painDETECT, oral health-related quality of health and hospital anxiety and depression scale scores at the beginning of treatment and at the end of the first and sixth months.

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Quality of Life


Mandibular oral occlusal splint, Temporomandibular joint Exercises




Ankara Training and Research Hospital

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