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J Korean Assoc Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2006 Jun;32(3):262-266. Korean. Original Article.
Chae CH , Kim JY , Kim MJ , Chung H , Kim SH , Oh HW , Kim YN , Kim YI , Yang BH , Kim SG .
Department of Dentistry, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Korea.
Chung Hoon Private Dental Clinic, Korea.
Department of Instrumental Analysis, KRIBB, Korea.
NPC Co., Ltd, Korea.
Korean Association for Temporomandibular Joint Corporation, Korea.

The silver nanocrystalline is widely used for biological field because of its biocompatibility and anti-microbial effect. The objective of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of the silver nanocrystalline ointment on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) capsulitis. Total 39 patients were included in this study and all patients were received single topical application of the silver nanocrystalline ointment (group A, n=30) or placebo ointment (group B, n=19). Measured variables were maximum mouth opening (MMO), visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, and VAS for function. In results, we could not assess any therapeutic efficacy of single application in the chronic TMJ capsulitis (p>0.05). However, the single application of silver nanocrystalline ointment showed significant improvement in MMO and VAS for pain compared to placebo effect in the acute TMJ capsulitis (p<0.05). We could not find any complications related to ointment application in both groups. In conclusion, the single application of silver nanocrystalline ointment was effective in improving patient's symptom in acute TMJ capsulitis without any noticing complications.

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