Fixed orthodontic therapy in temporomandibular disorder (TMD) treatment: An alternative to intraoral splint

Simona Tecco, Stefano Teté, Vito Crincoli, Mario Armando Festa, Felice Festa

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This study evaluated the use of a fixed orthodontic appliance in treatment of temporo-mandibular disorder (TMD) compared to the use of an intra-oral splint. Fifty (50) adult patients, with confirmed anterior disk displacement with reduction in at least one temporomandibular joint (TMJ), were divided into three groups: 20 patients treated with AR splint (Group I); 20 patients treated with a fixed orthodontic appliance (Group II) and 10 patients who underwent no treatment (Control Group). Joint pain, joint noise, muscle pain, and subjective relief were evaluated monthly before the treatment began (T0) and for six months thereafter. Subjects in Group I and Group II displayed a significant decrease in joint pain (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-42
Number of pages13
JournalCranio - Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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