Craniomandibular disorders and headaches

John T. Kemper, Jeffrey P. Okeson

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Incidence and frequency of headache pain. Three hundred patients were questioned regarding frequency of headache pain. One hundred forty-one patients were seeking treatment at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry TMJ Clinic for CMD. A comparison group of 159 was selected from persons being screened for routine dental needs. The following findings regarding incidence and frequency of headache pain were observed:1.The incidence of headache pain was twice as high in the CMD group than in the comparison group (p < .001).2.Of the persons in each group reporting the occurrence of headaches, the frequency of headaches in the GMD group was significantly higher (44%) than in the comparison group (p < .001). Effectiveness of occlusal splint therapy. Thirty-three patients with headache pain were treated for a 4-week period with occlusal splint therapy. Patients were questioned regarding the number of headaches per week they had before and after occlusal splint therapy. The following results were observed:1.Twenty-one (63.6%) patients showed a decrease in the frequency of their headaches.2.Ten (30.3%) patients showed complete remission of headaches.3.No patient showed an increase in the frequency of headaches.4.As a group the average number of headaches per week before treatment was 5.06; after occlusal splint therapy the average number of headaches per week was 2.15 (p < .001).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-705
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1983

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  • Oral Surgery


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