The impact of temporomandibular disorders on oral health-related quality of life


This critical summary of a systematic review published in 2010  was  prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.

The original review authors were looking at the relationship between oral health-related quality of life (OHQOL) and temporomandibular disorders (TMDs).

The critical summary noted that the review question could have been more clearly defined and more methodological details could have been provided in several areas.  Because of variability between the studies a numerical estimate of the impact of TMDs on OHQOL was not conducted so a narrative summary was provided.

While the original review authors noted that TMDs had a negative impact on OHQOL the summariser notes that the quality of evidence supporting this is difficult assess owing to methodological weakness in the review.

Go to ADA critical summary

Go to abstract of original review


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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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