|Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal|
June, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 2
CLINICAL CASE REPORTS
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Reliability of ARCUSdigma (KaVo®) in diagnosing temporomandibular joint pathology
Giedre Kobs, Asta Didziulyte, Robertas Kirlys, Mindaugas Stacevicius
Objectives: to assess the sensitivity and specificity of ARCUSdigma in diagnosing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathology (TMD).
Methods. 102 TMJs were exmined with ARCUSdigma and “Cadiax Diagnostic” electronic axiography system. Free opening, free protrusion and mediotrusion were recorded with both devices. Guided opening and guided protrusion were examined with “Cadiax Diagnostic”. Using free opening and free protrusion diagnosis was established.
Results. Sensitivity of ARCUSdigma was found to be 84,21% and 92,86% for the right and left TMJ respectively. Specificity - 93,75% and 95,65% for the right and left TMJ. The 95% confidence interval for sensitivity and specificity was calculated.
Conclusions. Within the limitations of this study, ARCUSdigma appeared to be a valuable supplement to clinical findings in diagnosing TMDs.
Key words: temporomandibular joint disorders; axiography; sensitivity; specificity
Received: 17 04 2007
Accepted for publishing: 17 07 2007
*Institute of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Giedre Kobs* DDS, PhD
Asta Didziulyte* clinical intern
Robertas Kirlys* clinical intern
Mindaugas Stacevicius* student
Address correspondence to Robertas Kirlys, Institute of Dentistry, Zalgirio 115, Vilnius, Lithuania.