Efficacy of splint theraphy on Pain in the Treatment of Internal Derangement of TMJ-A clinical study
Purpose: This study was designed to investigate the efficacy of splint theraphy on pain in the treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) internal derangement patients.
Materials and Methods: 15 males and 25 females aged between 18 to 37 years comprised the study material in the Dental Implant and Faciomaxillary centre at Bandipore (India). The patients’ complaints were limited mouth opening and TMJ pain . Splints were given to the patients suffering from internal derangement. Clinical evaluation of the patients was done before the procedure, and 1 week and 3 months after postoperatively. Intensity of TMJ pain was recorded at each follow-up visit.
Results: There was significant reduction in pain scores in the post-operative period.
Conclusions: Splint therapy is simple and safe procedure for the patients of internal derangement with closed lock for improving mouth opening and decreasing pain.
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