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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Fall 1993
Volume 7 , Issue 4

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Treatment of craniomandibular disorders in children and young adults

Skeppar/Nilner

Pages: 362-369
PMID: 8118439

A group of 99 children and young adults referred to a Swedish oral health sciences center were retrospectively evaluated regarding symptoms, signs, diagnoses, treatment, and treatment outcome. The most common symptoms in this patient group were headaches (52%), temporomandibular joint clicking (49%), pain at chewing (47%), and pain at wide mouth opening (46%). Common diagnoses were anterior disc displacement (32%) and craniomandibular disorders of muscular origin (16%). After treatment, 91% of the children and young adults reported themselves to be better or free of symptoms. A treatment modality often used was the occlusal splint, and it was concluded that using conservative methods led to good treatment outcomes in this patient group.

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