Document Type : Research Paper
1 Al-Noor Specialized Dental Center, Nineveh Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, Iraq
2 Right Bank Specialized Dental Center, Nineveh Health Directorate, Ministry of Health, Iraq
Aims: This clinical study is aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of exercise therapy in patients with the temporomandibular joint disorder and comparing them with patients who take medications. Materials and Methods: 44 patients with temporomandibular joint disorder were divided into 2 groups, 22 patients were instructed to perform jaw exercises and the other 22 patients were given a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and muscle relaxant. Clinical examination of joints and muscles, including pain, spasm, interincisal distance, and presence of locked joint. These were done pre and post-treatment within three visits. Results: clinically, there was no actual evidence in the exercise group, and medication group, except for locked jaw relief in the exercise group. Statistically, it showed no significant differences in variance after two visits between the two groups. Conclusion: there was not providing definite evidence of treatment efficacy in short-time trials in patients with temporomandibular joint disorder. However, exercises are an effective treatment for a locked jaw than medical agents.
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- ,،,؛Muscles exercise
- ,،,؛Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
- ,،,؛Muscle relaxant