A new adjunctive tool to aid in the diagnosis of myogenous temporomandibular disorder pain originating from the masseter and temporalis muscles: Twin-block technique

Samuel Quek, Mythili Kalladka, Veena Kanti, Gayathri Subramanian

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Abstract

Myogenous temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is the most common type of nonodontogenic pain. The diagnosis is often elusive since diagnosing such conditions often requires a more comprehensive patient assessment. At present, there is no simple one-step diagnostic test to help render a definitive diagnosis of myogenous TMD pain. The twin-block injection can serve as a diagnostic aid to facilitate diagnosis of such myogenous TMD. The twin-block injection blocks the innervation to both the temporalis and masseter muscles, the two most common sources of referred pain to the teeth. This article reviews the twin-block technique along with a case report illustrating its potential role in the diagnosis and management of myogenous TMD pain of masseteric and temporalis origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Indian Prosthodontist Society
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oral Surgery
  • Dentistry(all)

Keywords

  • Masseter
  • myogenous temporomandibular disorders
  • temporalis
  • twin-block technique

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