Objectives: Although the extraction of an impacted third molar (3M) is a routine procedure, postoperative morbidities typically include swelling, pain, and trismus. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the application of kinesiologic tape can improve the postoperative morbidities associated with 3M surgery, thereby improving the postoperative well-being of patients.
Materials and methods: Forty patients assigned for prospective 3M removal were randomized into two treatment groups (with/without kinesiologic tape). Facial swelling was quantified using a five-line measurement at six specific time points. Pain scores were assessed using a visual analog scale, and mouth opening range was assessed by means of standard calipers. In addition, all patients were asked to evaluate overall satisfaction and swelling (both groups) and the effect of the tape on movement and comfort (taped group only).
Results: The postoperational application of kinesiologic tape reduced significantly all investigated parameters: swelling, pain, and trismus. Furthermore, patients with kinesiologic tape reported a significantly lower morbidity rate.
Conclusion: The application of kinesiologic tape following a 3M surgery is a simple and economical, yet medically relevant approach.
Clinical relevance: Kinesiologic tape offers patients a less traumatic postoperational experience and therefore holds promise to enhance the quality of life of a large cohort of the population.