Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 350–354 | Cite as

Arthrocentesis for the Treatment of Internal Derangement of the Temporomandibular Joint

  • Arati S. Neeli
  • Meenaxi Umarani
  • S. M. Kotrashetti
  • Shridhar Baliga
Clinical Study



The study aims to evaluate the efficacy of arthrocentesis in the treatment of internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Study Design

Thirty patients with TMJ internal derangement underwent arthrocentesis using saline. Pain using visual analog scale, maximum mouth opening, joint noises and mandible deviation were documented pre-operatively and post-operatively. Patients were followed for 1 year. Statistical analysis of pain was done by Wilcoxon signed Rank’s test and dysfunction by students paired t test.


The mean pre-operative pain was 4.8 ± 2.65 and post-operatively at 1 year was 0.27 ± 0.45 with an average decrease of 4.72 (P = 0.000). The mean maximal mouth opening pre-operatively was 29.8 ± 2.35 mm and post-operatively 41.9 ± 2.48 mm at 1 year. The mean increase in the mouth opening was 12.1 ± 3.0 mm (P = 0.000).


Arthrocentesis is simple, minimally invasive procedure with less risk of complications and significant benefits in patients with TMJ internal derangement.


Temporomandibular joint Internal derangement Arthrocentesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arati S. Neeli
    • 1
  • Meenaxi Umarani
    • 1
  • S. M. Kotrashetti
    • 1
  • Shridhar Baliga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryK.L.E VK Institute of Dental SciencesBelgaumIndia

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