Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Other-00002233
Title: Treatment of temporomandibular disorders-Knowledge, attitude, and practice among general practicing dentists - A survey
Category: Others ( DIT Related Science )
Section: Research Article
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    Background: Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) account for the most common orofacial pains rising from musculoskeletal origins. Almost 80% of the general population suffers from temporomandibular joints (TMJ) diseases. The range of the signs and symptoms vary from person to person. The diagnosis of the TMJ disorder should be done by a dental practitioner. The multifactorial nature of the disease makes it difficult to diagnose and treat. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practice of TMD’s among general dental practitioners. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire containing questions on etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of TMD was given to a total of 100 general dental practitioners in Chennai. The responses were collected, and data analysis was done. Results: Our findings suggest that the general practicing dentists encounter TMD cases rarely and those excessive teeth grinding, and parafunctional habits have been widely acknowledged as the causative factor for TMD and TMJ imaging as the diagnostic tool. Majority of the practicing dentists prefer muscle relaxants as the first line of treatment. 92% of the general practitioners preferred referring the patient to a specialist. Among the practitioners who were confident in treating TMD occlusal splint was the treatment which most dentists felt confident. Conclusion: The gross domestic products felt more confident in TMD diagnostics, therapy decisions whereas they were not confident enough in treating a TMD patient even after they received a positive response after their first line of treatment.

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    Pravinya Sam, M. Dhanraj, Ashish R. Jain*

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    Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dr. Ashish R. Jain, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600 127,Tamil Nadu, India

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    Pravinya Sam, M. Dhanraj, Ashish R. Jain*

    Title:Treatment of temporomandibular disorders-Knowledge, attitude, and practice among general practicing dentists - A survey
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (May)
    Page No: (707-710)
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    Methodology:Temporomandibular disorders, Temporomandibular disorder diagnosis, Temporomandibular disorder treatment
    Research Materials:General practicing dentists


General practicing dentists Temporomandibular disorders Temporomandibular disorder diagnosis Temporomandibular disorder treatment

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