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Article Published In Vol.5 (July-Aug-2017)

A novel action of acupuncture in orofacial region: A Review

Pages : 881-884

Author : Dr.Pratik.C.Parkarwar, Dr.Valaja Kamble, Dr.Rashmi Channe, Dr.Vasundhara.Bandagi, Dr.Sanjeev.Onkar and Dr.Rajendra.Birangane

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Oro-facial pain and temperomandibular dysfunction are deemed upon as multifaceted problems and can pose major therapeutic problem in dealing with them. Evidence from clinical studies suggests that acupuncture may be useful in the treatment of orofacial pain, temperomandibular dysfunction and related disorders otherwise resistant to conventional treatment modalities. Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that has regained its lost popularity in the last two decades. The present paper attempts to review this forbidden procedure and its role in improving the quality of dental care provided to the patients especially in the management of orofacial pain, temperomandibular dysfunction, dental anxiety, gag reflex, xerostomia and trigeminal neuralgia.

Keywords: Orofacial pain, temperomandibular dysfunction, acupuncture



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