Estudio Clínico a Azar de Férulas Blandas Intraorales en el Tratamiento Paliativo del Dolor Muscular Masticatorio

Translated title of the contribution: A randomized clinical trial of intraoral soft splints and palliative treatment for masticatory muscle pain

Edward Wright, Gary Anderson, Jofin Schulte

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Abstract

Thirty subjects seeking treatment for masticatory muscle pain at a university-based TMJ clinic were randomly assigned to soft-splint, palliative-treatment, and no-treatment groups. After 4 to 11 weeks of treatment, subjects were evaluated for changes from their base-line levels of symptoms, maximum pain-free opening, pain thresh-olds measured by a pressure algometer, and occlusal contacts. With the use of the multivariate analysis of variance and analysis of covariance, the results suggest that the soft-splint group had statis-tically significant improvement (V < .01), the palliative-treatment group had improvement that was not statistically significant, and the no-treatment group had a slight aggravation of symptoms. The soft-splint group had fewer occlusal contact changes assessed with shimstock compared to the palliative-treatment and no-treatment groups. The findings of this study suggest that the soft splint is an effective short-term treatment for reducing the signs and symptoms of masticatory muscle pain in patients, and the soft splint does not cause occlusal changes.

Translated title of the contributionA randomized clinical trial of intraoral soft splints and palliative treatment for masticatory muscle pain
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)192-199
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Oral and Facial Pain and Headache
Volume9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

Keywords

  • Myofascial pain
  • Palliative treatment
  • Selfcare
  • Soft splint
  • Splint
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint

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