Alterations of Temporomandibular Disorders before and after Orthognathic Surgery

Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Malmö , Sweden.
The Angle Orthodontist (Impact Factor: 1.23). 08/2007; 77(4):729-34. DOI: 10.2319/052906-215
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To answer the question whether orthognathic surgery does affect the prevalence of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs).
A literature survey in the PubMed and Cochrane Library electronic databases was performed and covered the period from January 1966 to April 2006. The inclusion criteria were controlled, prospective or retrospective studies comparing TMDs before and after orthognathic surgery in patients with malocclusion. There were no language restrictions, and three reviewers selected and extracted the data independently. The quality of the retrieved articles was evaluated by four reviewers.
The search strategy resulted in 467 articles, of which 3 met the inclusion criteria. Because of few studies with unambiguous results and heterogeneity in study design, the scientific evidence was insufficient to evaluate the effects that orthognathic surgery had on TMD. Moreover, the studies had problems with inadequate selection description, confounding factors, and lack of method error analysis.
To obtain reliable scientific evidence, additional well-controlled and well-designed studies are needed to determine how and if orthognathic surgery alters signs and symptoms of TMD.

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    • "Systematic reviews on temporomandibular disorder (TMD) both before and after orthognathic surgery have also reported a heterogeneous study design and controversial results1,6. Hackney, et al.61(1989) did not find any significant difference in the incidence of TM pain or clicking following bilateral sagittal split osteotomy and rigid fixation. "
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: In order to understand the conflicting information on temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathophysiologic responses after mandibular advancement surgery, an overview of the literature was proposed with a focus on certain risk factors. Methods: A literature search was carried out in the Cochrane, PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science databases in the period from January 1980 through March 2013. Various combinations of keywords related to TMJ changes [disc displacement, arthralgia, condylar resorption (CR)] and aspects of surgical intervention (fixation technique, amount of advancement) were used. A hand search of these papers was also carried out to identify additional articles. Results: A total of 148 articles were considered for this overview and, although methodological troubles were common, this review identified relevant findings which the practitioner can take into consideration during treatment planning: 1- Surgery was unable to influence TMJ with preexisting displaced disc and crepitus; 2- Clicking and arthralgia were not predictable after surgery, although there was greater likelihood of improvement rather than deterioration; 3- The amount of mandibular advancement and counterclockwise rotation, and the rigidity of the fixation technique seemed to influence TMJ position and health; 4- The risk of CR increased, especially in identified high-risk cases. Conclusions: Young adult females with mandibular retrognathism and increased mandibular plane angle are susceptible to painful TMJ, and are subject to less improvement after surgery and prone to CR. Furthermore, thorough evidenced-based studies are required to understand the response of the TMJ after mandibular advancement surgery.
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    • "Insufficient evidence to support or refute the use of arthrocentesis and joint lavage for TMJ disorders treatment Stapelmann, 2008 (61) NTI-tss device 9 Qualitative systematic NTI-tss device may be successfully used for the management of bruxism and TMDs Caution to avoid potential unwanted effects Guarda-Nardini, 2008 (62) TMJ total prosthesis 30 Systematic Encouraging outcomes for all the three total prosthetic systems currently available on market Too few research groups involved Abrahamsson, 2007 (63) Orthognathic surgery 3 Systematic Low methodological quality of included studies No conclusions on how and if orthognathic surgery affects TMD "
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    • "Too few research groups involved. Abrahamsson, 2007 90 Orthognathic surgery 3 Systematic Low methodological quality of included studies No conclusions on how and if orthognathic surgery affects TMD. "
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