The use of low level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders: review of the literature
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The use of low level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders: review of the literature

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The use of low level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders: review of the literature

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dc.contributor.author Herranz Aparicio, Judit es
dc.contributor.author Vázquez Delgado, Eduardo es
dc.contributor.author Arnabat Domínguez, Josep es
dc.contributor.author España Tost, Antonio Jesús es
dc.contributor.author Gay Escoda, Cosme es
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-29T07:11:31Z
dc.date.available 2014-05-29T07:11:31Z
dc.date.issued 2013 es
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10550/35645
dc.source Herranz Aparicio, Judit ; Vázquez Delgado, Eduardo ; Arnabat Domínguez, Josep ; España Tost, Antonio Jesús ; Gay Escoda, Cosme. The use of low level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders: review of the literature. En: Medicina oral, patología oral y cirugía bucal. Ed inglesa, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 4: 603-612 es
dc.subject Odontología es
dc.subject Ciencias de la salud es
dc.title The use of low level laser therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders: review of the literature es
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion en
dc.subject.unesco UNESCO::CIENCIAS MÉDICAS es
dc.description.abstractenglish Introduction: The temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) have been identified as the most important cause of pain in the facial region. The low level laser therapy (LLLT) has demonstrated to have an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and biostimulating effects. The LLLT is a noninvasive, quick and safe, non-pharmaceutical intervention that may be beneficial for patients with TMDs. However the clinical efficiency of LLLT in the treatment of this kind of disorders is controversial. Objectives: Literature review in reference to the use of LLLT in the treatment of TMDs, considering the scientific evidence level of the published studies. Material and Methods: A MEDLINE and COCHRANE database search was made for articles. The keywords used were "temporomandibular disorders" and "low level laser therapy" or "phototherapy" and by means of the Boolean operator "AND". The search provided a bank of 35 articles, and 16 relevant articles were selected to this review. These articles were critically analyzed and classified according to their level of scientific evidence. This analysis produced 3 literature review articles and 13 are clinical trials. The SORT criteria (Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy) was used to classify the articles. Results: Only one article presented an evidence level 1, twelve presented an evidence level 2, and three presented an evidence level 3. According to the principle of evidence-based dentistry, currently there is a scientific evidence level B in favor of using LLLT for treatment of TMDs. Discussion and conclusions: Publications on the use of LLLT for treatment of TMDs are limited making difficult to compare the different studies due to the great variability of the studied variables and the selected laser parameters. The great majority of the studies concluded that the results should be taken with caution due to the methodological limitations. es

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