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Evaluation of Quality of Life according to Temporomandibular Disorder Symptoms in Dental Hospital Worker

치과병원 종사자에서 측두하악관절장애 증상에 따른 삶의 질 평가

  • Kim, Dong-Kook (Department of Oral medicine, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University) ;
  • Lim, Hyun-Dae (Department of Oral medicine, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University) ;
  • Lee, You-Mee (Department of Oral medicine, School of Dentistry, Wonkwang University)
  • 김동국 (원광대학교 치과대학 구강내과학 교실 및 원광치의학 연구소) ;
  • 임현대 (원광대학교 치과대학 구강내과학 교실 및 원광치의학 연구소) ;
  • 이유미 (원광대학교 치과대학 구강내과학 교실 및 원광치의학 연구소)
  • Received : 2012.01.13
  • Accepted : 2012.02.15
  • Published : 2012.03.30

Abstract

Temporomandibular disorder(TMD) is relatively prevalent disease, and quality of life may be impaired in TMD patients. Like general population, dental hospital workers are also exposed to the risk of TMD. But, many of them tend to overlook or tolerate their symptoms for lack of time and interest. Therefore, problems may become more serious, causing interference of performing task and decrease of quality of life. The aim of this study were to obtain data for TMD prevalence in dental hospital workers and to evaluate quality of life according to TMD symptoms. Subjects were recruited from Wonkwang University Dental Hospital. After consent, subjects completed quality of life questionnaire and were evaluated for subjective and objective signs and symptoms of TMD. Subjects were classified into 4 groups : (1) normal group (2) joint disorder group, (3) local myalgia group, and (4) myofascial pain group. The result of the study indicated that TMD negatively influences the quality of life in dental hospital worker. TMD symptoms can deteriorate quality of life in dental hospital worker. Future effort to make protocol for proper management is needed.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 원광대학교

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