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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 1998;15(2):316-324.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 1998.
Clinical Features of the Temporomandibular Disorder Patients with Occlusal Splint Therapy.
Jae Chul Song, Byung Rho Chin
Department of Dentistry College of Medicine, Yeungnam University Taegu, Korea.
This study was performed to evaluate the clinical features and treatment results on 55 temporomandibular disorder patients who had treated by conservative treatment using occlusal splint. The results were as follows; 1. The ratio of men to women was about 1:2.2 and most of the patients were second and third decades. 2. Pain was the most frequent symptom, followed by clicking and mouth opening limitation. 3. The number of acute and chronic groups on the basis of 6 months duration of symptoms were similar. 4. Most of patients had Angle's Class 1 molar relationships(78.2%), followed by Class 3 and Class 2. 5. Centric Relation splints were used alone for treatment of 34 patients and 21 patients were treated with Centric Relation splints and Anterior Repositioning splints. The treatment duration of the patients who had complained pain was average 9.8 weeks and 6 patients of them had slight pain continuously during follow-up. 6. Eleven patient's maximum mouth opening who had mouth opening limitation was improved from 30.7mm to 43.0mm during procedures.
Key Words: Temporomandibular disorder, Centric Relation splint, Anterior Repositioning splint, Pain, Clicking, Mouth opening limitation


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