Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:
bullet
bullet
bullet
bullet

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4225

Ettlin, D A; Mang, H; Colombo, V; Palla, S; Gallo, L M (2008). Stereometric assessment of TMJ space variation by occlusal splints. Journal of Dental Research, 87(9):877-881.

[img]Accepted Version
PDF - Registered users only
242kB

View at publisher

Abstract

Occlusal splints are used for the management of temporomandibular disorders, although their mechanism of action remains controversial. This study investigated whether insertion of an occlusal splint leads to condyle-fossa distance changes, and to mandibular rotation and/or translation. By combining magnetic resonance images with jaw tracking (dynamic stereometry), we analyzed the intra-articular distances of 20 human temporomandibular joints (TMJs) before and after insertion of occlusal splints of 3 mm thickness in the first molar region. For habitual closure, protrusion, and laterotrusion in the contralateral joint, occlusal splints led to minor--yet statistically significant--increases of global TMJ space and to larger increases at defined condylar areas. Condylar end rotation and translation in habitual closure were reduced. Hence, the insertion of a 3-mm-thick occlusal splint led to a change in the topographical condyle-fossa relationship, and therefore to a new distribution of contact areas between joint surfaces.

Citations

13 citations in Web of Science®
15 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

3 downloads since deposited on 14 Oct 2008
0 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Masticatory Disorders and Complete Dentures, Geriatric and Special Care Dentistry
DDC:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:14 Oct 2008 07:39
Last Modified:05 Jan 2014 15:11
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:0022-0345
Publisher DOI:10.1177/154405910808700903
Official URL:http://jdr.iadrjournals.org/cgi/reprint/87/9/877
PubMed ID:18719217

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page