Prevalence of temporomandibular pain and subsequent dental treatment among 28,899 adolescents

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Title Prevalence of temporomandibular pain and subsequent dental treatment among 28,899 adolescents
Author(s) Nilsson, Ing-Marie ; List, Thomas ; Drangsholt, Mark
Date 2005
English abstract
Aim: To assess the prevalence of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain in Swedish adolescents and related TMD treatment by dentists. Methods: All youth aged 12–19 years in Östergötland County were eligible to participate in the investigation, which took place at public dental clinics during annual examinations in 2000. The subjects were asked two questions: 1) Do you have pain in your temples, face, jaw joint, or jaws once a week or more? or 2) Do you have pain when you open your mouth wide or chew, once a week or more? Two hundred dental records of patients with TMD pain and 100 records of patients with documented dental caries were randomly selected from the population. A comparison of treatment for TMD pain and caries was assessed from these records. Results: Among the 28,899 youths participating, 4.2% reported TMD pain. The prevalence increased with age, and a significant difference was seen between boys (2.7%) and girls (6.0%) (P<0.001). In 43% of the patients with TMD pain, the TMD condition was noted in the record. TMD-related treatment was given to 34% of patients with TMD pain in dental clinics, whereas 100% of the patients with caries received restorative treatment. The most common treatment modalities for the TMD group were information about TMD and occlusal splints. Conclusion: The prevalence of self-reported TMD pain was relatively low, increased in age, and was more common in girls than boys. One-third of the patients with TMD pain received some form of TMD treatment in the dental clinics.
Host/Issue Journal of orofacial pain;2
Volume 19
ISSN 1064-6655
Pages 144-150
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/3100 (link to this page)

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