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Table 2 Frequency distribution of several somatic complaints reported by patients from the POC and patients from the TMD/OFPOC (percentages shown in parentheses)

From: The extent of the psychological impairment of prosthodontic outpatients at a German University Hospital

  Patients from the POC (n = 65) Patients from the TMD/OFPOC (n = 60) p
Joint clicking 13 (20.0) 46 (76.7) ***
Other TMJ sounds 3 (4.6) 14 (23.3) **
Impaired mouth opening 8 (12.3) 36 (60.0) ***
Impaired mouth closing 7 (10.8) 13 (21.7) n. s.
Impaired chewing 11 (16.9) 36 (60.0) ***
Masticatory muscle fatigue 5 (7.7) 19 (31.7) **
Masticatory muscle stiffness 4 (6.2) 20 (33.3) ***
Extensive prosthodontic management prior to consultation 48 (73.8) 33 (55.0) *
Extensive orthodontic management prior to consultation 16 (24.6) 20 (33.3) n. s.
Extensive surgical management prior to consultation 21 (32.3) 19 (31.7) n. s.
Extensive occlusal adjustment prior to consultation 22 (33.8) 18 (30.0) n. s.
Presence of habits 4 (6.2) 9 (15.0) n. s.
   Nail biting 2 (3.1) 1 (1.7) n. s.
   Lip biting 2 (3.1) 8 (13.3) *
Smoking 13 (20.0) 10 (16.7) n. s.
Tooth hypersensitivity 23 (35.4) 22 (36.7) n. s.
Disturbance of a single tooth 8 (12.3) 14 (23.3) n. s.
Pain upon wide mouth opening 6 (9.2) 37 (61.7) ***
Mouth dryness/burning mouth 17 (26.2) 21 (35.0) n. s.
Need of a specific position to correctly close the mouth 9 (13.8) 26 (43.3) ***
Self-assessment of treatment need 29 (44.6) 54 (90.0) ***
  1. For group comparisons Chi-square test was applied: n. s. = not significant; * = p < 0.05; ** = p < 0.01; *** = p < 0.001