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Research Article

Impact of Temporomandibular Joint Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Table 2

Clinical findings in 33 patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) involvement of rheumatoid arthritis.


Impact of TMj pain
 On daily activityNRS 0–1032533
 Quality of lifeNRS 0–1032533
TMJ pain intensity
 At restNRS 0–2020433
 On maximum mouth openingNRS 0–20951133
 On chewingNRS 0–2042833
 Pain on movementsNRS 0–8019122733
Mouth opening capacity
 Pain thresholdmm35284033
 Maximum mouth opening mm45355033
Tenderness to digital palpation0–842433
Number of teeth0–3229273133
Anterior open bite0–942733

NRS: numerical rating scale to assess the impact of TMJ pain on the patients abilities to perform daily activities and on the quality of their life on a 0–10 NRS where 0 corresponded to “no impact of TMJ pain on daily activities/quality of life” and 10 corresponded to “maximum impact of the TMJ pain on daily activities/quality of life.” A NRS was also used to assess the TMJ pain intensity where 0 corresponded to “no pain” and 10 to “worst imaginable pain.”

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