Photobiomodulation therapy in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders

Case report

Authors

  • Fernanda Cristina Nogueira Rodrigues Universidade de São Paulo
  • Júlia Gomes Lúcio de Araújo Universidade Federal do Maranhão
  • Erika Michele dos Santos Araújo Universidade de São Paulo
  • Andréa Dias Neves Lago Universidade Federal do Maranhão

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2357-8041.clrd.2019.157692

Keywords:

Photobiomodulation, TMD, Lasers

Abstract

Objective: To report a clinical case using the photobiomodulation in the treatment of the temporomandibular dysfunction providing analgesia and greater buccal opening. Case report: Patient, 24-year-old, female, with temporomandibular dysfunction was treated in the “Laser Therapy in Dentistry” extension project at the Federal University of Maranhão. The diagnosis was made through a careful anamnesis, clinical examination and questionnaire application. The laser device used in the treatment was the low power one whose active medium is composed by a semiconductor diode of Gallium and Aluminum Arsenide (GaAlAs). The protocol used for the treatment was 808 nm wavelength, 60 s, 6 J energy per point, in a total of ten sessions. In the second session, during the evaluation, the patient reported a significant improvement in the degree of pain and the measure of mouth opening ranged from 25 mm to 40 mm. Conclusion: Photobiomodulation has proved to be an effective modality for the treatment of this disorder.

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Author Biographies

Fernanda Cristina Nogueira Rodrigues, Universidade de São Paulo

Departamento de Dentística, Faculdade de Odontologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Júlia Gomes Lúcio de Araújo, Universidade Federal do Maranhão

Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, MA, Brasil

Erika Michele dos Santos Araújo, Universidade de São Paulo

Departamento de Dentística, Faculdade de Odontologia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil

Andréa Dias Neves Lago, Universidade Federal do Maranhão

Departamento de Odontologia, Universidade Federal do Maranhão, São Luís, MA, Brasil

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Published

2019-06-26

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Case report or technical report