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Summary of Pressure Algometry Evaluation of Two Occlusal Splint Designs in Bruxism Management

Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial

Bartosz Dalewski, Agata Kamińska, [...], and Ewa Sobolewska





(Ref ID): PMC8198302

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I. Introduction


This research paper titled "Pressure Algometry Evaluation of Two Occlusal Splint Designs in Bruxism Management-Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial" aims to evaluate the short-term effectiveness of two different occlusal devices and their impact on the pressure pain threshold (PPT) values among patients diagnosed with probable bruxism. The significance of this study lies in the need to find effective treatment options for bruxism, a condition characterized by the grinding or clenching of teeth.


II. Methodology


The study utilized a randomized, controlled clinical trial design. Thirty patients diagnosed with probable bruxism were randomly assigned to two groups. Group A used an occlusal appliance by Okeson, while Group B used a bimaxillary splint. The participants used their respective occlusal devices overnight for 30 days. PPT measurement with a Wagner Pain test FPX 25 algometer was conducted at the beginning of the study and after the 30-day period. Data collection and analysis methods were not explicitly mentioned in the provided information.


III. Results


Both groups showed a similar reduction in pain factor (PF) regardless of the occlusal device used. This indicates that both canine guidance and no guidance were equally effective in increasing pain resilience. No statistical analyses or specific quantitative results were mentioned in the provided information.


IV. Discussion


The results suggest that both occlusal splint designs had a similar impact on pain reduction in patients with bruxism. This finding contradicts previous inconsistent conclusions regarding pressure algometry in bruxism management. The study hypothesized that different splint designs might affect the pain threshold measurements, but the results did not support this hypothesis. The implications of these findings are that the choice of occlusal splint design may not significantly alter pain resilience in patients with probable bruxism. However, the limitations and assumptions of the study were not mentioned.


V. Conclusion


In conclusion, this research paper evaluated the short-term effectiveness of two occlusal splint designs in managing bruxism. The study found that both designs had a similar impact on pain reduction. Although the specific data and statistical analyses were not provided, the study contributes to the understanding of occlusal splints in bruxism management. Further research is needed to explore this topic and address any limitations identified in this study.


Figure 2: PPT measurement points
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