The effect of anterior repositioning splint therapy on maximum bite forces in patients with disc interference disorders

Tatoglu G., Doğan A., Karakış D.

ACTA ODONTOLOGICA SCANDINAVICA, vol.80, pp.315-320, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00016357.2021.2014069
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Artic & Antarctic Regions, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.315-320
  • Keywords: Maximum bite force, FlexiForce sensor, disc interference disorder, anterior repositioning splint, temporomandibular disorder, TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS, POSITIONS, APPLIANCE, SYMPTOMS, MUSCLES
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Objective To evaluate the effect of anterior repositioning splint (ARS) on maximum bite force (MBF) values in patients with disc interference disorders (DID). Material and methods Twenty-two patients with disc interference disorders and 22 healthy subjects participated in to study. The Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD) Axis I have been used to diagnose DID patients. All patients received ARS therapy for 6 weeks. The MBF measurement was performed with Flexi-Force piezo-resistive sensors for both healthy subjects and patients before and after ARS therapy. Results A significant difference was recorded by the increase of the mean MBF values after the use of the ARS in the patient with disc derangements (p < .05). Conclusions APS therapy is efficient for eliminating pain and increasing MBF of the patients with DID. In addition, the use of FlexiForce sensors may be a practical solution to assess the bite force in the clinical setting.