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Influence of Wavelength on the Outcome of the Treatment of TMJ Disorders: TMDS
Author(s): Antônio L. B. Pinheiro; Aparecida Maria C. Marques; Carolina M. Carvalho; Maria Cristina T. Cangussú; Luiz Guilherme P. Soares
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Paper Abstract

It is known that wavelength influences the outcome of many clinical protocols. Laser-phototherapy (LPT) and LEDs have been used on the treatment of pain of several origins including temporomandibular disorders - TMDs. TMDs are common painful multifactorial conditions affecting the temporomandibular joint whose treatment depends on the type and symptoms. Initially it requires pain control and for this, drugs, biting plates, oclusal adjustment, physiotherapy or their association are used. This work reports a series of patients of the Center of Biophotonics of the Federal University of Bahia over 10 years. Following standard anamneses, clinical and imaginologic examination and with the diagnosis of any type of TMD, the patients were set for light treatment. Treatment consisted of three sessions a week during six week. Prior irradiation, the patients were asked to score their pain using a VAS. λ780, λ 790, λ 830nm and/or λ660 and λ680nm lasers or LED were used on each session. Most patients were female (~43.6 years old). At the end of the 12 sessions the patients were again examined and score their pain using VAS. No other intervention was carried out during the treatment. The results were statistically analyzed and showed that most patients were asymptomatic or improved after treatment and that the association of wavelengths was very efficient on the symptomatic group. It is concluded that the association of both wavelengths was effective on pain reduction on TMJ disorders of several origins.

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Date Published: 5 March 2013
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8569, Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VIII, 85690J (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2002576
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Antônio L. B. Pinheiro, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Camilo Castelo Branco Univ. (Brazil)
Nacional Institute of Optics and Photonics (Brazil)
Aparecida Maria C. Marques, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
National Institute of Optics and Photonics (Brazil)
Carolina M. Carvalho, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Maria Cristina T. Cangussú, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Luiz Guilherme P. Soares, Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
National Institute of Optics and Photonics (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8569:
Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VIII
Michael R. Hamblin; Juanita Anders; James D. Carroll; Praveen R. Arany, Editor(s)

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