The effectiveness of low power laser and occlusal plate in the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunctions: a literature review

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https://doi.org/10.33448/rsd-v11i7.29779

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Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome; Temporomandibular joint; Lasers; Low-level light Therapy; Health teaching.

Abstract

Temporomandibular dysfunctions (TMD's) represents a set of functional and structural disorders of the stomatognathic system. The main causes of non-dental pain in the orofacial region are considered. Its treatment modalities are diverse and depend essentially on diagnosis. This work aims to clarify the efficacy of low-power laser associated or not with occlusal plaque in the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunctions. Studies published from 2016 to 2022 were selected through the databases: National Library of Medicine (PubMed), Scientific Electronic Library (SciELO) and ScienceDirect. The descriptors employed were: Dysfunction/Tempromandibular Disorders; Occlusal Splint; Low-Power/Low-Level Laser and Boolean and operator between them. We included studies that related low-power laser and occlusal plate individually and jointly as a therapeutic approach for the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunctions, with 16 of which were selected. The literature indicates therapeutic effectiveness for both associates and/or isolates for the treatment of TMDs, but there are controversies about the indication of the two noninvasive therapeutic methods. There is a scarcity of clinical studies that proves the efficacy of these treatments and, also, great heterogeneity of the protocols addressed, making it difficult to parameterize the effectiveness of therapies.

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21/05/2022

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FREIRE, A. A. .; FERREIRA , R. S. .; OLIVEIRA, D. F. . The effectiveness of low power laser and occlusal plate in the treatment of temporomandibular dysfunctions: a literature review . Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 7, p. e22411729779, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i7.29779. Disponível em: https://rsdjournal.org/index.php/rsd/article/view/29779. Acesso em: 4 jul. 2022.

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