Long-term evaluation of single-puncture temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis in patients with unilateral temporomandibular disorders


ŞENTÜRK M. F. , YILDIRIM D. , Bilgir E. , FINDIK Y. , BAYKUL T.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, vol.47, no.1, pp.98-102, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijom.2017.06.014
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.98-102

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the long-term effects of the single-puncture arthrocentesis (SPA) technique. Forty-two patients with unilateral temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) were treated by SPA. Thirty-eight of these patients completed 1-24 months of follow-up (short-term group) and 21 completed 11 months or longer of follow-up (long-term group). The two groups were evaluated statistically for pain (visual analogue scale), maximum mouth opening, lateral excursion, and protrusion. Both follow-up duration groups showed significant improvements when compared to baseline levels for almost all of the outcome variables (P < 0.05). Single puncture temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis is an effective treatment method over both the short and long term.