Temporomandibular disorders affect oral health–related quality of life substantially, but limited evidence is available regarding their magnitude of impact Critical Summary Prepared by: Paul Hunter DMD, MLIS 

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Temporomandibular disorders and oral health-related quality of life. A systematic review

Dahlstrom L, Carlsson GE. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. 2010;68(2):80-5

Published Date: 10/9/2011

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  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    Pain, severity of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms and overall impact of TMDs were associated negatively with patients’ oral health–related quality of life (OHRQOL).

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    This systematic review provides limited evidence regarding the magnitude of OHRQOL impairment, owing to individual studies’ use of varying methodological techniques.

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