The effect of the bite plane splint on the electromyographic silent period duration

Phyllis Beemsterboer, D. C. McNamara, S. Holden, M. M. Ash

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An electromyographic study of the masseter and anterior part of the temporalis muscles was performed on ten patients presenting temporomandibular joint dysfunction symptoms. The EMG silent periods (SP) produced in the open close clench cycle and jaw jerk reflex were compared for duration before and after treatment with an occlusal bite splint. Following use of the splint, there was a shortening of SP indicating the possible use of the duration of SP as a diagnostic measurement, and also as an indication of treatment effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Oral Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes


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  • Dentistry(all)

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