Clinical Oral Investigations

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 1205–1212 | Cite as

Therapeutic elastic tape reduces morbidity after wisdom teeth removal—a clinical trial

  • Oliver RistowEmail author
  • Bettina Hohlweg-Majert
  • Stephen R. Stürzenbaum
  • Victoria Kehl
  • Steffen Koerdt
  • Lilian Hahnefeld
  • Christoph Pautke
Original Article



Although the extraction of an impacted third molar (3M) is a routine procedure, postoperative morbidities typically include swelling, pain, and trismus. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the application of kinesiologic tape can improve the postoperative morbidities associated with 3M surgery, thereby improving the postoperative well-being of patients.

Materials and methods

Forty patients assigned for prospective 3M removal were randomized into two treatment groups (with/without kinesiologic tape). Facial swelling was quantified using a five-line measurement at six specific time points. Pain scores were assessed using a visual analog scale, and mouth opening range was assessed by means of standard calipers. In addition, all patients were asked to evaluate overall satisfaction and swelling (both groups) and the effect of the tape on movement and comfort (taped group only).


The postoperational application of kinesiologic tape reduced significantly all investigated parameters: swelling, pain, and trismus. Furthermore, patients with kinesiologic tape reported a significantly lower morbidity rate.


The application of kinesiologic tape following a 3M surgery is a simple and economical, yet medically relevant approach.

Clinical relevance

Kinesiologic tape offers patients a less traumatic postoperational experience and therefore holds promise to enhance the quality of life of a large cohort of the population.


Kinesio tape Third molar Swelling Pain Trismus Morbidity, extraction 



We thank the K-Active Europe GmbH for the donation of all K-Active Tapes® used in this study.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no potential conflicts of interests with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Ristow
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Bettina Hohlweg-Majert
    • 1
    • 3
  • Stephen R. Stürzenbaum
    • 4
  • Victoria Kehl
    • 5
  • Steffen Koerdt
    • 2
  • Lilian Hahnefeld
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christoph Pautke
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Medizin und AesthetikClinic for Oral and Maxillofacial and Plastic SurgeryMunichGermany
  2. 2.University of MunichMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany
  4. 4.School of Biomedical SciencesKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Institute of Medical Statistics and EpidemiologyTechnical University of MunichMunichGermany
  6. 6.Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryUniversity of MunichMunichGermany

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