Improved outcomes after alloplastic TMJ replacement: analysis of a multicenter study from Australia and New Zealand

Burgess, Michael, Bowler, Michael, Jones, Robert, Hase, Michael, and Murdoch, Bruce (2014) Improved outcomes after alloplastic TMJ replacement: analysis of a multicenter study from Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 72 (7). pp. 1251-1257.

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Abstract

Purpose: the aim of the present study was to assess pain, function, diet, and quality of life (QOL) in subjects undergoing alloplastic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) reconstruction.

Materials and methods: a total of 72 subjects were sent a questionnaire an average of 4 years after undergoing either unilateral or bilateral total joint replacement with a custom TMJ Concepts or stock Biomet total joint replacement device. The changes in pain, function, diet, and quality of life were assessed.

Results: of the 72 subjects, 52 returned the questionnaire. Pain, function, diet, and QOL were all significantly improved at a mean follow-up of 46.3 months. The complications reported included an altered facial sensation and facial weakness. No implant failures were reported.

Conclusions: the placement of an alloplastic TMJ total joint replacement can provide benefits for patients in the areas of pain, function, diet, and QOL. Additional research is required in this area.

Item ID: 37830
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1531-5053
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2015 03:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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