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Insufficient evidence to support the use of stabilization splint therapy over other active interventions in the treatment of temporomandibular myofascial pain Critical Summary Prepared by: Michael Thurman DDS; Greg Huang DMD, MSD, MPH 

A Critical Summary of:

Stabilization splint therapy for the treatment of temporomandibular myofascial pain: a systematic review

Al-Ani Z, Gray RJ, Davies SJ, Sloan P, Glenny AM. J Dent Educ. 2005;69(11):1242-50

Published Date: 3/22/2010

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at :-
http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/140/12/1524

OVERVIEW

  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    There is insufficient evidence for or against the use of stabilization splint therapy over other active interventions for the treatment of temporomandibular myofascial pain.

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    This thorough review, including 12 randomized controlled trials of limited methodological quality, indicated that stabilization splint therapy may be only as effective as other active interventions for myofascial pain.

  • Evidence Quality Rating:

    Limited

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