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

This paper reports the result of the use of LLLT on the treatment of TMJ pain and present LLLT as an effective method of treating such problem. One hundred and eighty one female and 23 male patients aged between 7 and 81 years old (average 36.9 years old) suffering TMJ pain were treated with 632.8, 670, and 830nm 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 3 J/cm2. One hundred forty one out of 204 patients were asymptomatic at the end of the treatment, 37 improved considerably and 26 were symptomatic. These result show although LLLT does not cure TMJ disorders it is effective in reducing TMJ pain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3593, Lasers in Dentistry V, (19 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.348359
Show Author Affiliations
Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, 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. 3593:
Lasers in Dentistry V
John D. B. Featherstone; Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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