[Short-term effects of the Michigan splint on muscular and joint pain]

Minerva Stomatol. 1998 May;47(5):235-8.
[Article in Italian]


Background: In 1966 Ramfjord and Ash proposed the Michigan's splint that, at present, is one of the splints widely accepted for the treatment of craniomandibular disorders (CMD).

Methods: For this study, thirty-one subjects were examined according to the protocol of the European Academy of CMD; each patient indicated the intensity of pain using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). After therapy with Michigan's splint, the visit was repeated and the patient indicated again the VAS.

Results: The results showed that the splint has short-term benefit effects on the muscular and articular pain, even if the effects are lesser on the articular pain.

Conclusions: The Michigan's splint is a valid device for therapy of CMD, moreover it is very cheap, very easy to use and without contraindications.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Craniofacial Dysostosis / physiopathology*
  • Craniofacial Dysostosis / therapy
  • Facial Pain / therapy
  • Humans
  • Occlusal Splints*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome / physiopathology*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome / therapy