The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as a peripheral trigger in the headache. Physiological Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. First and second phase. Case Report.

1 FRENTEA 36-year-old female patient with a major complaint of headache consults at the clinic, referred by a co-worker who had been treated at the clinic for the same reason.

The patient’s main complaint was a high frequency headache. The patient reports that she has investigated the cause of the pain and even had at the request of the neurologist a nuclear magnetic resonance of the skull that did not accuse any abnormality.

1 PERFILThe patient had already consulted with Neurologist, Otorhinolaryngologist, Orthopedist and with the general practitioner.
The patient also refers back pain.

2 DENTES INICIAISHabitual occlusion of the patient on the day of the consultation.

3 OCLUSAISUpper and lower occlusal views of the patient on the day of the consultation.

Upper and lower incisors show signs of  attrition.

7 PANORAMICAInitial panoramic radiograph of the patient before treatment.

Absence of the second right upper premolar and the lower third molars.

The patient reports that the upper premolar was extracted in adolescence due to lack of space for the eruption of the canine.

The first maxillary molar on the left side and the first lower molar on the left side presented endodontic treatment with extensive restorations and risk of fracture, was informed of the need to extract the third molar retained.

The procedures would only be performed after joint decompression.

8A LAMINOGRAFIALaminography of the temporomandibular joints shows a modification of the axis of growth of the mandibular condyle on the left side caused by a trauma in the early childhood, (green stick fracture).

4 TELEPERFILLateral radiograph and patient profile before treatment. Patient in habitual occlusion.

5 C7Lateral and cervical radiograph of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment. Note the loss of cervical lordosis, rectification of the cervical spine.

6 FRONTALFrontal radiography of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment.

8b ressonancias sagitaisMRI: sagittal slices of the left TMJ, the closed mouth.

The facet on the upper surface and posterior flattening of the mandibular condyle can be observed.

8Dressonancias sagitais CORTES SUPERIORESNote the important posterior compression of the left condyle.
Primary objective has to be the three-dimensional decompression of the mandibular condyle.

8B CINECIOGRAFIA 1BThe patient’s masticatory muscles were deprogrammed electronically and the resting position was recorded with a computerized kinesiograph.
The patient had a pathological interocclusal free space of 6.3 mm and a mandibular retroposition of 0.5 mm.

9 ORTESEWith the record obtained with the computerized jaw tracker an intraoral device (DIO) was made to achieve the three dimensionally reposition of the mandible.

The PHYSIOLOGICAL NEUROMUSCULAR position was recorded in the form of an occlusal bite record, which was later used to make a DIO (intraoral device)

9D PANORAMICA COM ORTESEPanoramic radiograph of the patient during treatment with the DIO (intraoral device).

9C COMPARATIVAS DE TELEPERFIL 1Comparison of lateral radiographs and patient profile: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device), in a physiological neuromuscular position.

10 FRONTAIS COMPARATIVASComparative frontal radiographs of the patient: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment with DIO (intraoral device) in physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

10A C7 COMPARATIVASComparison of lateral radiographs and cervical spine of the patient: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device), in a physiological neuromuscular position.

10B CONTROLE ORTESEControl of intraoral device  (DIO). THESE CONTROLS ARE FREQUENTLY MADE during the first and second phases of the treatment modifying and improving the PHYSIOLOGICAL NEUROMUSCULAR POSITION.

The patient did not report any TMJ-related symptomatology. Bioinstrumentation also objectively showed an improvement in neuromuscular function.

It was decided to start the SECOND PHASE of the treatment to remove the DIO (intraoral device), maintaining the physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

For this we use a three-dimensional orthodontic, where the teeth are erupted to the new neurophysiological position.

19 ORTO 0Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

20 ORTO 1Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

21 ORTO 2Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

22 ORTO 3Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

23 ORTO 4Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

24 ORTO 5Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

25 ORTO 6During three-dimensional orthodontics the DIO (intraoral device) is recalibrated and changed to maintain the position obtained in FIRST PHASE

Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

26 ORTO 7Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

27 ORTO 8Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

29 ORTO 9Sequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

30 ORTOSequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

Preparation to increase the width of the upper incisors respecting the patient’s Neuromuscular Physiological position.

31 ORTOSequence of three-dimensional orthodontics in the second phase of the treatment of TMJ pathologies in this specific patient.

Preparation to increase the width of the upper incisors respecting the patient’s Neuromuscular Physiological position.

32 orto finalCompletion of the First and Second Phases in the treatment of TMJ Pathologies. Physiological Neuromuscular Rehabilitation.

In this specific sequence, another possibility was proposed for the patient with an important improvement of aesthetics for the increase of the clinical crowns of the upper incisors, due to the limitation in this case of the composite resins.

The patient alleged: that she did not work on television, that even knowing the aesthetic limitation of the procedure with resins, she was satisfied.

For her the goal of the treatment was the resolution of the PAIN, and that had been reached.

33 OCLUSAIS FINAISUpper and lower occlusal views of the patient after the end of the second phase.

34 PANORAMICA FINALPanoramic radiograph of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontics and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

The extraction of the first maxillary molar and the placement of an implant after bone grafting was necessary. The third left retained molar exodontia was also performed.

35 LAMINOGRAFIA FINALTMJ laminography of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontic and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

36 PERFIL FINALLateral radiograph and profile of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontic and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

37 C7 FINALLateral radiograph and cervical spine of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontic and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

38 FRONTAL FINALFrontal radiography of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontic and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

39 FRONTAIS COMPARATIVASComparative frontal radiographs of the patient: before the treatment, during the first phase of the treatment and after the end of the treatment with three-dimensional orthodontics.

40 C7 COMPARATIVASComparative lateral radiographs and cervical spine of the patient: before the treatment, during the first phase of the treatment and after the end of the treatment with three-dimensional orthodontics.

41 PERFIL 3 COMPARATIVASComparative lateral radiographs and profile of the patient: before the treatment, during the first phase of the treatment and after the end of the treatment with three-dimensional orthodontics.

43 DENTES COMPARATIVASComparative occlusion of the patient before and after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontics and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

44 OCLUSAIS comparativasComparative upper and lower occlusal view of the patient before and after the end of the second phase of the treatment through a three-dimensional orthodontics and physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation.

45 CINECIOGRAFIA final.jpgCineciographic record after completion of the first and second phases of physiological neuromuscular treatment. The neuromuscular trajectories are coincident. We would have liked to have an interocclusal space of 2.5 to 3 mm, we obtained 4.1 mm

46 DEPOIMENTO 1Patient testimony

Dear Lidia,

You know, I really realized how much the treatment I’ve undergone improved my quality of life when I was in the clinic this year (2018) and I looked at my file with the information I had recorded when I started treatment.

To be honest I did not even remember that before the treatment I had pains in the jaw joints !! And how strong they were.

I always had headaches and migraines, besides the pains in the joint of the mandible. I always record it because I remember when I was a child I already felt them. I felt very ill and indisposed when I had crises.

In a certain phase of my life due to the increase in the frequency of pain headache and the constant vomiting I went to many doctors because I thought I was with stomach problem. I thought my headaches and migraines were consequence.

47 DEPOIMENTO 2But based on the examinations I made at the time, my general practice told me that the question of the stomach was actually a consequence of severe headaches and migraines.

So she told me to go to a neurologist for evaluation and treatment. I went to the neurologist, did tests, treatment, tried to avoid the huge list of foods he I was informed as probable triggers of migraine. Everything I did reduced the headaches, but it did not solve the problem that plagued me.

And it was during one of my “crises” of headache that a coworker commented the possibility that I would make an evaluation with a dentist who had treated him when had problems with the TMJ. To be honest, I had no idea what it was, but when if you have pain, every attempt is valid.

47 DEPOIMENTO 3I made the appointment, made available the exams I had already done in the region of the head and remember that in my first conversation with Lidia she commented that the exams indicated that in my infancy I had probably suffered a fall that caused a growth modification of my jaw.

Exactly the side where I had the headaches and the migraine.

I stress that at no time did the treatment for an aesthetic question, but rather seeking, if it is not possible to avoid the pains, but minimizes them.

I spent several years attending the clinic. I remember that my splint in one of the stages of the treatment was a “big monster” (kkk) considering its height.

Gradually throughout the treatment I was noticing the reduction of headaches and of frequency between migraine attacks.

Today, thinking about before and after treatment, I realize how much the treatment,

although prolonged, has improved my quality of life.

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