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Temporomandibular disorders affect oral health–related quality of life substantially, but limited evidence is available regarding their magnitude of impact

Paul Hunter DMD, MLIS .


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.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019