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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1079-1083

Practice of occlusal splint therapy for treating temporomandibular disorders by general dentists of Jabalpur – A cross-sectional survey


1 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Triveni Institute of Dental Sciences, Hospital and Research Centre Centre, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India
3 Consultant Prosthodontist, Vijaya Dental Care, West Nadakkavu, Calicut, Kerala, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Century International Institute of Dental Science, Kasaragod, Kerala, India
5 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Saraswati Dhanvantari Dental College and Hospital, Parbhani, Maharashtra, India
6 Department of Prosthodontics, Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Anubhuti Sabhlok
Department of Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jpbs.jpbs_157_21

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Aim: The aim of this study was to conduct a cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey concerning the practice of occlusal splint for treating temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) by the dental practitioners of Jabalpur. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire containing questions on diagnosis, treatment, and management of TMD was given to a total of 157 general dental practitioners in Jabalpur. The responses were collected; data analysis was done by Chi-square test. Results: Of the General Dental Practitioner's, nearly 78% of participants did not attend any continuing dental education on TMD per year. More than 10 years of experience (82%) was associated with increase in positive response for treatment of TMD patient. Both the diagnosis and treatment of TMD patient were done using combination methods. The duration of splint use was considered patient dependent (42.27%) irrespective of the years of practice. Soft splint was most commonly employed for treatment, and fabrication of splint was done on hinge and mean value articulator. Conclusion: The knowledge of occlusal splint by general practitioners was found to be insufficient for treating TMDs.


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