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Is LLLT effective in the management of TMJ pain?
Author(s): Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro; Marcos J.P.C. Alves; Ezenildes Ramos; Cecilia T.A. Manzi; Aluizio Barros Rolim; Alessandro L. B. Vieira
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Paper Abstract

The authors report on the effects of LLLT in the treatment of TMJ pain. This paper reports the results of the use of LLLT on the treatment of TMJ pain and presents LLLT as an effective method of treating such problem. One hundred forty six female and 24 male patients aged between 7 and 81 years old (average 38.6 years old) suffering TMJ pain were treated with 632.8, 670, and 830 nm diodes Lasers at the Laser Center of the UFPE. The treatment consisted of a series of 12 applications twice a week. Patients were treated with an average dose of 2.4 J/cm2. One hundred twenty eight out of 180 patients were asymptomatic at the end of the treatment, 26 improved considerably and 26 were symptomatic. These results show although LLLT does not cure TMJ disorders it is effective in reducing TMJ pain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3564, Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry II, (4 February 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.339161
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Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco School of Dentistry (Brazil)
Marcos J.P.C. Alves, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco School of Dentistry (Brazil)
Ezenildes Ramos, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco School of Dentistry (Brazil)
Cecilia T.A. Manzi, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco School of Dentistry (Brazil)
Aluizio Barros Rolim, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco School of Dentistry (Brazil)
Alessandro L. B. Vieira, Univ. Federal de Pernambuco School of Dentistry (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3564:
Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, and Dentistry II
Gregory B. Altshuler; Stefan Andersson-Engels; Reginald Birngruber; Peter Bjerring; Adolf Friedrich Fercher; Herbert J. Geschwind; Raimund Hibst; Herbert Hoenigsmann; Frederic Laffitte; Hericus J. C. M. Sterenborg, Editor(s)

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