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FitJaw Mobile, a virtual reality device applied to dentistry: An analysis based on two patient treatments


      Statement of problem

      Virtual reality (VR) has improved significantly in the last decade and has been applied to different fields, including medicine, dentistry, and physiotherapy. VR has been used for the innovative treatment of painful conditions, especially when traditional exercise therapies were unsuccessful because of patient noncompliance.


      The purpose of this study was to analyze the use of VR as an aid when using exercises to manage temporomandibular disorders (TMDs).

      Material and methods

      Two White women diagnosed with TMDs of muscular origin (one with muscular pain and the other with reduced mouth opening) were referred to the Department of Prosthodontics of the University of Seville, where they were enrolled in an exercise program using the VR software program FitJaw Mobile. Both had been treated the previous year with an occlusal device for TMD of muscular origin, but their symptoms had not improved.


      For both patients, the functional movement limitation and the chronic pain improved noticeably.


      The use of VR when doing jaw exercises can improve outcomes and compliance.
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