Objective The purpose of this study is to evaluate the responses of patients with anterior disk displacement without reduction to natural course, stabilization splint, and surgery. Study design Thirty-one patients refused any treatment (natural course group), 20 patients were treated with a stabilization splint (stabilization splint group), and 24 patients who had not responded to nonsurgical treatment for a mean period of 19.0 months underwent surgery (surgical group). The success rate was evaluated in each of the three groups. Results The success rate was 41.9% in the natural course group, 55.0% in the stabilization splint group, and 76.9% in the surgical group. Conclusions No statistically significant benefit from treatment with a stabilization splint over no treatment was identified although both groups of patients experienced alleviation of discomfort. The patients who had not responded to nonsurgical treatment for a mean period of 19 months benefited from surgery.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and|
|Publication status||Published - 1995 Oct|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery