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Use of Acupuncture for Dental Pain: Testing a Model

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: February 2, 2001
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: August 2006

This study is testing the safety and effectiveness of acupuncture in controlling pain related to the removal of partially impacted mandibular third molars. Acupuncture is the Chinese art of healing by inserting needles into the skin.

Participants ages 18 - 40 are given an initial x-ray to determine if one lower molar is partially bony impacted. Eligible participants will then undergo standard oral surgery to remove the impacted molar. A local anesthetic will be used prior to surgery. Directly after surgery the participant will be assigned to one of three groups. Participants will not be able to select which group they are assigned. Participants will receive either real or sham (fake) acupuncture as a treatment for post-extraction pain. After the initial acupuncture treatment, participants are required to remain for six hours at the dental site to be monitored. If a participants discomfort is measured as moderate or higher then a second acupuncture treatment will be administered. All participants will be administered questionnaires during the day of surgery. Participants will also be required to complete two diaries during the seven days following surgery. On the seventh day, participants return to have stitches removed and hand in completed diaries.

Condition Intervention Phase
Tooth, Impacted
Procedure: Acupuncture
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Use of Acupuncture for Dental Pain: Testing a Model

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 40 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least one lower mandibular molar with partial bony impaction
  • General good health
  • Minimum body weight of 99 lbs.
  • Able to read and write in English
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00010972

United States, Maryland
Rivers Center Dental Associates
Columbia, Maryland, United States, 21046
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Principal Investigator: Sharon Nelson University of Maryland
  More Information Identifier: NCT00010972     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00008983
Other Study ID Numbers: R01 AT000010-01M
R01AT000010-01 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: February 2, 2001
Last Updated: August 17, 2006

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Tooth, Impacted
Tooth Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Facial Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 22, 2017