Evaluation of the effect of MLS® Laser Therapy and Ora-GuardTM splint in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disease

J. Rosswag, S. Rosswag, S. Janke, U. Janke
Energy For Health [20], 2020

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) comprise all the conditions that are affecting the temporomandibular system, composed of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the associated neuromuscular system. These conditions may range from TMJ pain, to headache, neck pain up to tinnitus and are often associated to bruxism and clenching. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of MLS® Laser Therapy combined with Ora-GuardTM splint for the conservative treatment of TMD.
The study involved 40 patients which were divided into 2 groups: 1 – Ora-GuardTM splint alone; 2 – Ora-GuardTM + MLS® Laser Therapy.
At the first visit, patients were clinically evaluated and Electromyography (EMG) testing was performed. Pain was evaluated using Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) scale at days 1st, 3rd, 5th and 21st.
The results demonstrated that all the patients improved in terms of pain.
Stronger improvement was reported for group 2, when both Ora-GuardTM splint and MLS® Laser Therapy were applied.
No undesired effects have been reported in the study.
The combination of Ora-GuardTM splint and MLS® Laser Therapy represents a well-tolerated conservative approach able to alleviate TMD pain and improve joint Range of Motion (ROM) and mouth opening. This combined approach should be considered a valuable tool in the multimodal clinical management of TMD patients.