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Volume 12 , Issue 3
Summer 1998

Pages 210-218

Treatment Outcome in Patients with Craniomandibular Disorders of Muscular Origin: A 7-Year Follow-up


PMID: 9780942

The outcome of different treatment modalities after 7 years was investigated in a selected group of 50 patients with craniomandibular disorders of muscular origin. To minimize the possible effects of selection on the clinical mat erial, the selected treatment group was compared to a consecutive group of patients in terms of age, gender, intensity/duration of pain, and socioeconomic profile. Both groups were comparable in most respects, but the selected group had a longer duration and a higher intensity of pain at baseline. There were more men in the consecutive group than in the selected group. A combined treatment appraoch resulted in a better outcome than single treatments. Sixty-five percent of all patients in the selected group reported improvement at the 7-year follow-up. All of the 19 patients who received counseling combined with different occlusal treatments improved. Forty-three percent of the patients treated otherwise showed improvement. Patients who were aware of stress responded better to treatment.

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