Recapturing the Articular Disc or Repositioning the Mandibular Condyle? What about Rethinking the Concept as the Recovery of the Physiological Relationship of the Head of the Mandible with the Articular Disc. Patients with a long history of pain. Case series. First Section.

Recapture the articular disc, repositioning the mandibular condyle?

What about rethinking the concept as the recovery of the physiological relationship of the mandible head with the articular disc ,WHEN IT IS POSSIBLE.

And when is it not possible? What is the differential diagnosis? WHAT CAN WE OFFER TO OUR PATIENTS?

What type of orthotic or intraoral device to use? What is the purpose of an orthotic  in a TMJ Pathology treatment? Repositioning the jaw, recapturing the articular discs? Is this always possible? DEPEND ON THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS!

Does it have changes in the articular structures of the temporomandibular joint?

Does it have distortions in the horizontal, vertical and transverse posture of the craniomandibular complex?

How are the bones?

How’s the cartilage?

How’s the articular disk?

How are the muscles in this system?

How is the cervical spine in relation to the whole system?

How is the relation of the vertebral column with the other parts of the system?

The teeth, the two temporomandibular joints and the postural musculature are parts of the same bone, the mandible. They are deeply interrelated and interdependent in growth, form, and function. An abnormality in one, profoundly affects the others.

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A 30-year-old female patient presents at the clinic with a history of headache, pain in the forehead, pain and stiffness in the nape of the neck, left eyebrow pain, pain behind the right eye, and pain in the right shoulder. The patient reports TMJ pain (temporomandibular joint) on the right side.

The patient reports bilateral crackling, non-specific facial pain, and muscle tremor, difficulty opening the mouth, difficulty in chewing and mandibular locking.

Summary report written by the patient:

I do not remember a sudden drop where there might have been some kind of injury.
At 6 years of age I was a gymnast. I always had falls, front, back and head. But there were protections on the floor.

Near 8 years old, I extract a molar from the lower left side. I think that from this I have always forced more chewing on the right side.

At approximately 13/14 years of age, I remember starting the cracks on the right side. On this side I had a cross bite and a deciduous canine that “bit” behind the lower tooth.

At this stage, the crackling became more frequent, causing a bit of difficulty to fully open the mouth.  When trying to open the mouth without the snap, the opening becomes smaller than after the click. That is, if I do not play with the jaw, the mouth does not open completely.

In 2004 I had the first “lockup”. I remember being in winter and cold. I tried to do the “game” of the jaw and I could not open the mouth. Then I forced myself to open my mouth and I felt a strong crack, followed by pain in the ear / nose. The impression was that it had displaced some bone / nerve.

From this episode, whenever I force more the region, the locking happens. Ex: when I eat meats, candy, peanuts. Things that I need to force when chewing.

In 2008 I put orthodontic appliance to make the corrections. In the treatment, I made a process of spacing the teeth, with a device in the roof of the mouth to open the arch. I kept my teeth apart for a while.

After finishing the treatment, corrected the teeth, the clicks returned lighter. Approximately 1 year later, the locking returned as well. I started with headaches and cervical pain. I felt slight tingling in the head.

In 2015 I started to hear some kind of “sand” on the left side. Then I got pregnant and in this period began the crackling also on the left side. In February 2017 I had the first “lock” on the left side.

Now when I feel the locking, I try to relax the muscles well, leaving the jaw loose for a few minutes. Sometimes it returns to normal anyway, other times I have to force it with the opening of the mouth, causing a strong crack.

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Current information:

When I close my mouth, I feel my jaw line back slightly, to “marry” the bite. To keep my mouth “loose” and comfortable, I have to snap both sides, and let the jaw loose.

When I try to open my mouth without the snaps, the opening becomes smaller than after the click. That is, if I do not play with the jaw, the mouth does not open completely.

Crashes usually occur:

– Yawning;

– In the morning (awake with the jaw locked);

– Eating meats.

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CT: Part of the initial study of the patient sent before the consultation requested by another professional.

Anamnesis and clinical examination are a key part in the diagnosis of patients with TMJ pathology.

Computed tomography is an excellent image, but when we treat a synovial joint in a patient with TMJ pathologies, CT does NOT PROVIDE THE INFORMATION OF THE SOFT TISSUES.

Magnetic Nuclear Resonance (NMR) can give a lot of information and not just the position of the disk. It is essential to have the knowledge to KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THIS INFORMATION.

We cannot treat a patient with mandible head necrosis or with medullary edema or arthrosis or rheumatoid arthritis or lupus in the same way that we treat another patient with only a wrong position of the jaw.

The temporomandibular joints of all these patients need to be decompressed, but that is only part of the problem.

3 dentes inicHabitual occlusion of the patient on the day of the consultation.

4 oclusaisUpper and lower occlusal views of the patient prior to treatment.

Orthodontic treatment contention wire is observed between the right and left lower canines.

5 panoramica

Initial panoramic radiograph of the patient before treatment.

Orthodontic treatment contention wire is observed between the right and left lower canines.

6 laminografia

The laminography of the temporomandibular joints shows a modification of the growth axis of the mandibular condyles in both the left and right caused by a traumatism in the early childhood, (fracture in green stick).

Retro position of both mandibular heads in the articular fossae.

TMJ laminography in habitual occlusion and open mouth.

cicatriz do queixoThree-dimensional asymmetries in the head of the condyle may have been caused by different etiologies and cause morphofunctional pathologies.

Changes in the orientation of the mandible head occur in patients who have suffered blows in the chin region, either anteroposterior, vertical or lateral. We can observe in these cases a deformation of the head of the mandible in the form of curvature, with an anterior concavity, which in some cases may be so important which produces a compression of the retrodiscal region, causing severe symptoms.

7 frontal

Frontal radiography of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment.

Orthodontic treatment contention wire is observed between the right and left lower canines.

8 teleperfil

Lateral radiograph of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment.

9 c 7Lateral and cervical radiograph of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment. Note the loss of cervical lordosis and rectification of the cervical spine.

16 rnm inicial 1

MRI: sagittal slices of the left TMJ in the closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular head is in retro position.

The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.

Important retrodiscal compression.

17 rnm inicial 2

MRI: sagittal slices of the left TMJ in the closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular head is in retro position.

The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.

Important retrodiscal compression.

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MRI: sagittal slices of the right TMJ in the closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular head is in retro position.

The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.

Important retrodiscal compression.

20 rnm dir inicial5

MRI: sagittal slices of the right TMJ in the closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular head is in retro position.

The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.

Important retrodiscal compression.

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MRI: sagittal slices of the right TMJ in the closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular head is in retro position.

The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.

Important retrodiscal compression.

22 frontal rnm inicial 7MRI: frontal slices of the right and the left temporomandibular joints, closed mouth in habitual occlusion before treatment.

The frontal slice of the right and left temporomandibular joint evidences a severe loss of joint space.

24 atm aberta24a eletromiografia dinãmica habitual rolos de algodão

Dynamic electromyography record of the patient in habitual occlusion and with cotton rolls on the right side (second column), left side (third column) and both right and left sides (fourth column).

Note the improvement in recruitment of motor units in the fourth column.

25 registro cineciografico inicial

Patient’s initial record for the construction of the DIO ( intraoral device)

To correctly evaluate the Maxilomandibular relationship we should begin to consider the physiological rest mandible position.

Physiological rest is a concept applicable to all the muscles of the body.

The stomatognathic musculature is no exception.

The patient’s masticatory muscles were deprogrammed electronically and a new physiological neuromuscular position at rest was recorded.

The patient has in this first record a pathological free space of 6,4 mm. 

The patient also presented a 0.4 mm  of mandibular retro position.

26 recalibraÇÃo da orteseRecalibration of the physiological neuromuscular position of the DIO (intraoral device)

In the first phase the intraoral devices are recalibrated and / or changed according to each specific case as the jaw, muscles and TMJ improve.

28 ortoseOcclusion of the patient with the DIO (intraoral device)

With the record obtained with the jaw tracker an intraoral device (DIO) was made to reposition the mandible three-dimensionally.

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

In the first phase the intraoral devices are recalibrated and / or changed according to each specific case as the jaw, muscles and TMJ improve.

29 controle da orteseAnother cinecigraphic record to control the DIO (intraoral device) in a physiological neuromuscular position as the device is changed or recalibrated.

The patient did not report any more symptomatology. The electromyography and kinesiography records objectively showed improvement of the neuromuscular function.

I asked for the second MRI (nuclear magnetic resonance) to objectively evaluate the physiological relationship between the mandibular condyles and the articular disc.

35 rnm comparativas 1RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same left TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

35b rnm comparativas 1RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same left TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

36 rnm comparativas 2RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same left TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

38 rnm comparativas 4RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same left TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

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RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the rigt TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same right TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

40 rnm comparativas 6RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the rigt TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same right TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

41 rnm comparativas7RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the rigt TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same right TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

42 rnm comparativas 8RNM: Comparison of the sagittal slice of the rigt TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same right TMJ,  closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

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RNM: Comparison of the frontal slice of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same left TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological refrontallation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

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RNM: Comparison of the frontal slice of the rigt TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and of the same right TMJ, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

Recovery of the physiological refrontallation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

45 imagens

The patient did not report any more symptomatology. The comparative MRI showed the recovery of the physiological relationship of the mandible head with the articular disc.

The electromyographic and kinesiographic records objectively showed improvement of the neuromuscular function.

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

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

46 depoimento 1Patient Testimony:

My first memory of locking joints was at age 15 or so.

I looked for orthodontic specialists; I made the necessary “adjustments”, but the locking and the pain still continued.

I looked for Dr. Lidia now at the age of 30, since other experts told me that only surgery would be possible in my case. And yet, without knowing exactly whether we would succeed.

After starting the first phase of treatment with the device, the pain ceased and never again I had the jaw locking that so frighten me.

47 depoimento 2

I adapted very easily to the treatment, I was and I am being much disciplined with the use of the device.

Now, as Dr. Lidia explained to me, with the discs already in the right place, we will pass for the second phase, for withdrawal of the device.

Today I’m having a routine without worry that I can “lock” at any time.

I’m very grateful to Dr. Lidia.

Treatment of TMJ Pathologies: Patient with headache and excessive clenching. Physiological Neuromuscular Rehabilitation. First and second phase. Case Report.

1 frontal inicial rosto

A 32-year-old male patient presents at the clinic with complaints of constant headaches, pain in the jaw and daily pressure on the teeth.
The patient also reports pain in the temporomandibular joints and pain to open the mouth.

2 lateral inicial rosto

The patient also reports bilateral clicks and the sensation of clogged ears.
It also states in its clinical history difficulty in chewing and opening the mouth and inability to control teeth tightening.
The patient reported that he sought various dentists and treatments and that he had previously used “miorelaxant” splints that did not alleviate the referred symptoms.

3 OCLUSÃO 1

Habitual occlusion of the patient on the day of the consultation.
The patient had a deep bite and significant wear on the upper and lower incisors.

4 OCLUSAIS

Upper and lower occlusal views of the patient prior to treatment. Wear on lower and upper incisors.

5 PANORAMICA INICIALInitial panoramic radiograph of the patient before treatment.

Absence of teeth 18, 28, 38, 48.

Horizontal resorption of alveolar ridges.

6 P6 INICIAL

Patient TMJ laminography in habitual occlusion before treatment.

The laminography of the temporomandibular joint shows retroposition of the articular processes in the articular cavities when the mandible is in position of maximum intercuspation
In the mandibular aperture, the presence of osteophytes was observed in both condyles.Flattening of the superior anterior surface of the articular processes and superior posterior of the right articular process.

7 TELE PERFIL INICIAL

Lateral radiograph and patient profile in habitual occlusion before treatment. Rectification of the cervical spine.

8 C7 INICIAL

Lateral and cervical radiograph of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment. Rectification of the cervical spine.

9 FRONTAL INICIAL

Frontal radiography of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment.

10 ress1

MRI: sagittal slices of the left closed TMJ before treatment. The mandibular head is in retro position. The joint disc is slightly dislocated.
The articular disc has a reduction in open-mouth maneuvers. Open mouth images not included in this post.

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MRI: sagittal slices of the left closed TMJ before treatment. The mandibular head is in retro position. The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.
Open mouth images not included in this post.

12 b ress

MRI: sagittal slices of the right closed TMJ before treatment. The mandibular head is in retro position. The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.
Open mouth images not included in this post.

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MRI: sagittal slices of the right closed TMJ before treatment. The mandibular head is in retro position. The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, with reduction in maneuvers in open mouth.
Open mouth images not included in this post.

13 cineciog 1

Patient’s initial cineciographic record
Three-dimensional view of the mandibular movement.
The record shows opening and closing and speed when making these moves. The patient shows an opening of more than 50 mm
Note a significant loss of speed in the mandibular closure.

13 eletromiografia inicial

Dynamic electromyographic record in patient’s habitual occlusion before treatment.

Note very little activation of the right and left masseter muscles in maximal intercuspation, indicating to the patient to bite hard without opening his mouth.

The masseter muscles are the most powerful muscles of the stomatognathic system, even more considering a  brachyfacial biotype patient as in this case.

13 REGISTRO

To correctly evaluate the Maxilomandibular relationship we should begin to consider the physiological rest mandible position.

Physiological rest is a concept applicable to all the muscles of the body.

The stomatognathic musculature is no exception.

The patient’s masticatory muscles were deprogrammed electronically and a new physiological neuromuscular position at rest was recorded.

The patient has a pathological free space of 8,2 mm, already discounting the two physiological mm of a healthy free space.

The patient also presented a 2 mm mandibular retro position

13C PRIMEIRA ORTESE LUIS

With these data we constructed a DIO (intraoral device), to maintain the three-dimensional recorded position. This device must be electromyographically tested to objectively measure the patient.

It is logical that the report of the patient’s symptomatology is important, but the surface electromyography shows in an objective way if the muscular function improved, worsened or did not modify.

13A FRONTAL DIO

Frontal radiography of the patient with the DIO (intraoral device) constructed in a physiological neuromuscular position.

13B LATERAL COM DIO

Lateral and cervical radiograph of the patient with the DIO (intraoral device) constructed in a physiological neuromuscular position.

The second MRI is requested after one year on average of the first phase treatment, also during the second phase of the treatment, the patient is monitored, and the device recalibrated or changed according to the controlled data throughout this step.

14 ress comp 1

MRI: comparative sagittal sections of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before and after the Neuromuscular Physiological treatment.
Three-dimensional joint decompression is noted. Primordial objective in this specific case.
Note the best relation between the mandibular head and the articular disc.

15 ress comp 2

MRI: comparative sagittal sections of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before and after the Neuromuscular Physiological treatment.
Three-dimensional joint decompression is noted. Primordial objective in this specific case.
Note the best relation between the mandibular head and the articular disc and the positive remodeling of the mandibular head.

16 ress comp 3

MRI: comparative sagittal sections of the left TMJ, closed mouth, before and after the Neuromuscular Physiological treatment.
Three-dimensional joint decompression is noted. Primordial objective in this specific case.
Note the best relation between the mandibular head and the articular disc and the positive remodeling of the mandibular head.

17 ress comp DIR

MRI: comparative sagittal sections of the right TMJ, closed mouth, before and after the Neuromuscular Physiological treatment.
Three-dimensional joint decompression is noted. Primordial objective in this specific case.
Note the best relation between the mandibular head and the articular disc and the positive remodeling of the mandibular head.

18 ress comp DIR

MRI: comparative sagittal sections of the right TMJ, closed mouth, before and after the Neuromuscular Physiological treatment.
Three-dimensional joint decompression is noted. Primordial objective in this specific case.
Note the best relation between the mandibular head and the articular disc and the positive remodeling of the mandibular head.

19 ress comp DIR

MRI: comparative sagittal sections of the right TMJ, closed mouth, before and after the Neuromuscular Physiological treatment.
Three-dimensional joint decompression is noted. Primordial objective in this specific case.
Note the best relation between the mandibular head and the articular disc and the positive remodeling of the mandibular head.

20 PRIMEIRA ORTESE DA 2 FASE

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

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

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

21 ORTO 1

In the second phase, in this case the three-dimensional orthodontics,the patient is monitored and deprogrammed electronically, and often the device is recalibrated or changed, to maintain the position obtained in the first phase.

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

22 ORTO 2

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

23 ORTO 3

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

24 ORTO 4

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

25 ORTO 5

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

26 orto 6

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

27 orto 7

Part of the sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

28 ORTO 8

Finalization of the second phase.

29 OCLUSAIS FINAIS

Patient’s upper and lower occlusal view after the finalization of the second phase.

43 oclusoes comparativas

Comparative occlusion of the patient before and after the end of the second phase of the treatment using a three-dimensional orthodontics.

The non-coincidence of the median dental lines may be noted.
The patient’s fundamental alignment is muscle alignment that does not always coincide with tooth alignment. In this case the muscular alignment is respected.

44 oclusoes comparativas

Patient’s comparative superior and inferior occlusal view, before and after, the end of the second phase of the treatment by a three-dimensional orthodontics.

eletromiografia final

Electromyographic record of the patient in physiological neuromuscular position after the completion of three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the higher recruitment of motor units in the masseter muscles that previously showed little activity.

30 FRONTAL FINAL

Frontal radiography of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment.
Patient in physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

31 TELEPERFIL FINAL

Lateral radiograph and patient profile after completion of the second phase of treatment.
Patient in physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

32 C7 FINAL

Lateral and cervical radiography of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment.
Patient in physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

33 PANORAMICA FINAL

Panoramic radiograph of the patient after the end of the second phase of the treatment with three-dimensional orthodontics.

34 LAMINOGRAFIA FINAL

Patient TMJ laminography after the completion of three-dimensional orthodontics.
Patient in physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

35 comparativas panoramicas

Comparative panoramic radiographs of the patient: before treatment and after finishing with three-dimensional orthodontics.

36 comparativas laminografias

Patient comparative TMJ laminography: before treatment and after completion with three-dimensional orthodontics.

40 COMPARAÇÃO TELE PERFIL

Comparative lateral and profile radiographs of the patient: before treatment and after finishing with three-dimensional orthodontics.

Take into account that the result corresponds more to a three-dimensional recovery of the vertical dimension and not simply to an anteroposterior modification.
Even a retroposition of the mandibular head is the product of a three-dimensional alteration.

41 COMPARAÇÃO FRONTAIS

Comparative frontal radiographs of the patient: before treatment and after finishing with three-dimensional orthodontics.

42 C7 COMPARATIVAS

Comparative patient lateral and cervical radiographs: before treatment and after completion with three-dimensional orthodontics.

46 DEPOIMENTO 1

At the end of 2012, I attended the Life and Health program on RBS TV and saw a report with Dr. Luis Daniel Yavich Mattos, on the treatment of problems related to TMJ.

Living with constant headaches, jaw pain and daily pressure on the teeth,

I decided to bet on the treatment and I do not regret it.

Since I was 18 years old, I had been suffering from pain in the TMJ region, and what

bothered me was a pressure that made me want to grind my teeth even

day, which I have always identified as bruxism.

I had already sought out various dentists and treatments, with the use of the famous splints to sleep. The diagnosis was always the same: emotional stress was the cause of my teeth and constant pains, although the pains started only after I have extracted my first wisdom.

47 DEPOIMENTO 2

I used to use the plates to sleep during the 24 hours of the day, so the will of biting and grinding teeth. The use of the splints  prevented wear, but the pressure I felt to bite and grind my teeth caused me TMJ fatigue and headaches.

And when I had no more hope emerged, the possibility of doing the treatment with Dr. Luis Daniel and Dr. Lidia Yavich, when I was 32 years old.

With Dr. Luis Daniel they were approximately 1 year and 2 months  using a very high plate, 24 hours a day, including to make meals, which I only took to do the oral hygiene.

The device was called the “big monster,” because of the height. In the end, no longer  pain and without the will of grinding and biting my teeth.

I went on to the second stage of treatment, now with Dr. Lidia Yavich.

48 DEPOIMENTO 3

With Dr. Lidia were approximately 3 years, in which I used fixed dental appliance, with brackets, steel wires, etc., in order to be able to stop using the board 24 hours a day, and improve the aesthetics of my dental arch.

As the treatment progressed, the device was diminished and new splints were used in order of erupting my teeth respecting the TMJ position.

At the end of the treatment, I now use one sleeping device and another one for aesthetic reasons.

I no longer have the willingness to bite and grind teeth, or pain in the TMJ or headaches. I can yawn without worrying about hurting my jaw.

Finally, it was an individualized, artisanal treatment that required time and dedication, and brought excellent results, which is why I am eternally grateful to Dr. Luis Daniel and to Dr. Lidia.

 

TMJ Study and Investigation Page. One year of publication

Dear friends,

At December 2014 I started the Project TMJ Study and Investigation Page. At first, all its content was offered in three languages: Portuguese, English and Spanish. Due to the analysis of the webpage access statistics, at March 2015 I decided to offer the content solely in Portuguese and English.

Nowadays, the medicine based on evidence is hierarchically stratified from top to bottom where in the base of the pyramid we find the clinic cases, which are rarely seen as evidence. The TMJ Study and Investigation Page had, in its conception, the purpose of posting the clinic cases, which were carefully published with the documentation related to each of the patients treated at Clínica MY with pain complaints, dysfunction and TMJ pathology.

INITIAL

The proposition was of presenting these clinic cases and concepts in order share them, offering free access to the content along images, surface electromyographies, computerized kinesiography, scanned before and after the therapeutic process. Cases of tridimentional orthodontics and neurophisiologic reabilitation of the second phase of treatment, after the TMJ treatment, were also included.

site em portugues nova ingles

The TMJ Study and Investigation Page is completing, in this month of December, one year since it started, and I want to celebrate its anniversary with you. With this project, we have a place in the Internet that presents a line of work known as neurophysiologic dentistry, which takes into account the whole body system. It is an area that also operates regarding the posture and the mandibular functioning. In order to do that, the physiologic dentistry aims to establish, in the patient, a position that is based on a harmonious relation between the muscles, the teeth, and the temporolandibular joints.

site em ingles novaIn the publication of the end of this year I have chosen the most significant images of the whole year of publications, with their direct links to each one of the originals publications.

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Joint Decompression in a Neurophysiological Mandibular Rest Position Promotes a Positive Remodeling in a Degenerative Process of a Teenager Temporomandibular Joint

english 1-1

Anatomy is the platform on which physiology functions

Sem Título-1

Structural modifications of the mandibular condylar process as one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy.

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Articular discs recapture with mandibular neurophysiological repositioning

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Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: Positive evolution after Neurophysiological Treatment

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Recapture of articular disc displacement with reduction. Recapture or not recapture that is the question.

17 COLUNA E PERFIL COMP

Inter relation of Craniomandibular disorders and vertebral spine. Case report

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Tridimensional Orthodontics in the Second Phase of TMJ Pathologies

FINAL

Neurophysiological Combined Orthodontics and Rehabilitation: patient with degenerative conditions in several body joints

FINAL

TMJ Pathologies Treatment: first and second phase (tridimensional orthodontics) in a hypermobile joint patient with low signal in the head of the mandible bone marrow. Case report.

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Articular Disc Recapture: patient with significant mandibular heads asymmetry and unilateral reducible luxation. Case report

Sem Título-1

Osteonecrosis of the Mandibular Head: recovery of condylar bone marrow alteration

6 BASAL ANTES E APOS O DEM

TMJ ( temporomandibular joint) Pathologies: Patient with severe pain in the region of the face, neck and temporomandibular joint. First and second phase.

18 comparativas

Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis and non inflammatory TMJ pathology

15 3D comparativas

Mandible Condyle Fracture Consolidation by Neurophysiological Alignment of the Segments, Four Months after Unsuccessful Surgery. Case report

37 poster

The importance of Mandibular Rest Position by Electronic Deprogramming in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Pathologies, Orthodontic Diagnosis and Oral Rehabilitation. Case report.

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TMJ Pathologies in Children and Teenagers the Overlooked Diagnosis

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Training in Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ Pathologies

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The Postural Position of the Mandible and its Complexity in the Maxillomandibular Tridimensional Relation: first and second phase in a patient with severe symptoms with subtle information on the images.

e images.

26B LATERAIS COMPARATIVAS LINHA

The Tridimensional Neurophysiological Position of the Mandible in Implant Prosthesis Protocol

I want to thank my family that is always at my side in each one of the projects, I also want to thank my friends, that from Brazil and from many places of the world, supported and support this project. Last, but not least, I want to thank my colleagues and patients that often write, encouraging and thanking the existence of this virtual place.

By closing, in this moment, the annual analysis and the perspective for the year that follows, I therefore thank the readers of all places in the world that follow the TMJ Study and Investigation Page. It is a privilege to count with your visits.

With the best votes for 2016, and wishing for a year of peace, health, love and happiness for all.

Dr. Lidia Yavich

 

Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis and non inflammatory TMJ pathology

Female patient, 40 years old comes to consultation referred by her rheumatologist WITH STRONG PAIN IN the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), TWINGES IN THE HEAD AND MOUTH OPENING LIMITATION.

The patient had a diagnosis of seronegative spondyloarthropathy until then nonspecific.Later diagnosed as Ankylosing Spondylitis

Seronegative spondyloarthropathies refers to a group of diseases that share common characteristics, including the occurrence of inflammation in the spine, peripheral joints and in various peri-articular tissues, in particular entheses.

Seronegative spondyloarthropathies laboratory outstanding feature is the absence of rheumatoid factor and auto antibodies. They have strong association with human leukocyte antigen HLA-B27.

1  The patient reports clicking on the right TMJ, difficulty to open the mouth, difficulty and paint in chewing. She also reports bruxism.2She reports feeling headache, neck pain, pain in the right eyebrow, pain behind the eyes, pain in the right shoulder. She also reports pain in both temporomandibular joints which is stronger  in the right joint.

Points where the patient reports pain

The patient marks on the record the most important points of pain.3  In the first consultation, during the anamnesis the patient reported that she had initiated a treatment for the bruxism problem, and that at one point with the device change she  began to feel a very strong pain and her mouth locked.

4The occlusal view shows the superior anterior sector wear and the anterior lower sector wear.5Patient’s panoramic radiograph.6The joints radiographic image shows the superior and posterior positioning of the articular process on the left side in the joint cavity when the jaw is in maximal intercuspal position.

In the maximum opening position, there is flattening of the posterior and anterior surface of the left mandibular condyle process and a flattening of the superior and anterior surface of the right mandibular condyle process. The right side also presents an alteration of the growth axis of the mandibular condyle.

6BPatient’s lateral and profile radiograph before treatment.7Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine before treatment.7BPatient’s frontal radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.8 abre e fecha inicOpening and closing computerized kinesiographic record, the patient can open only 32 mm feeling strong pain, which shows an important limitation.

The patient also has a deflection of 2.7 mm to the right.8 B COMP abre e fecha inic Note in the skull graph, the left condyle moves more than the right condyle where the deviation is.

9The surface electromyography exam evaluates the superior anterior temporal right and left, the right and left masseter, the right and left digastrics and the right and left upper trapezius.

In this electromyography record the patient could not generate a good activity when we asked to bite hard (keeping the teeth in maximum intercuspation) and clench.

At the beginning of the record when we asked the patient to open the mouth it is important to note the different activity between right and left digastrics.

The left digastric activates double than the right digastric.

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Image enlargement showing the difference in translation of the mandibular condyles. Patient in maximum mouth opening.

It is important to be able to understand and connect all the information, the surface electromyography and the computerized kinesiograph. These data still does NOT PROVIDE A DIAGNOSIS, However they are tools to help us in the diagnosis.

I asked the patient for an MRI-(magnetic resonance imaging) of the temporomandibular joints.

When the patient filled out the clinical record for the MRI she reported that she did a tattoo a month before, that prevented the realization of the MRI until completing the time of three months after the realization of the tattoo.

Remember that the resonator is a large magnet and tattoos have pigments which may contain metal and could heat up and cause burns.

We kept the patient with a temporary splint until we had the MRI information, as explained in previous posts; WE MUST NOT TREAT A PATIENT WITHOUT  A DEFINED DIAGNOSIS.

We could easily assume that as the patient had a systemic nonspecific inflammatory arthritis attacking various joints of her body also the TMJ could be involved.

It is fundamental to rethink something which SOMETIMES could be ONLY A CONJECTURE, even if the patient is a carrier of an inflammatory autoimmune disease.

In the systemic part it is the rheumatologist who will decide the therapy.

Our part is to promote a non-compressive position of the TMJ where the masticatory muscles may perform without loading the joint, and where the patient can fulfill all the functions of the stomatognathic system.

9APatient’s inflamed elbow after synovectomy with the disease still not controlled

9A  MRI: sagittal sections selected. Left TMJ closed mouth: articular disc anteriorly displaced. Change in the growth axis of the mandibular condyle.

Left TMJ open mouth: limitation in mouth opening.

The images here are in T1, all images analyzed including T2 and STIR DOES NOT SHOW inflammatory signs.

It is relevant to remember that in the first consultation, during the anamnesis the patient reported that she had initiated a treatment for the bruxism problem, and that at one point with the device change she began to feel a very strong pain and the mouth locked.

The patient remembers that the device change aimed to align the median line of the upper incisors to the median line of the lower incisors.

This has to be a warning to all of us in dentistry which were taught to carry out all our treatments without knowing the condition of the TMJ.  

9B  MRI: sagittal sections selected. Right TMJ closed mouth: articular disc anteriorly displaced. Change in the growth axis of the mandibular condyle.

Right TMJ open mouth: limitation in mouth opening.

After conducting the analysis of the MRI images, studying all the slices and all required parameters (not included in the post), we can proceed to carry out a neurophysiologic record.
10The masticatory muscles of the patient were electronically deprogrammed and the rest position was recorded with a computerized kinesiograph.

This record has been difficult to achieve. The patient was limited and in great pain. A very low DIO was made, leaving an interocclusal free space of one mm which would normally be too little.

11DIO (intraoral device constructed in neurophysiologic position)11A  Patient’s frontal image on the same day, before and after installing the intraoral device in neurophysiologic position.

11B  Patient’s lateral image on the same Day, before and after installing the intraoral device in neurophysiologic position.

11cPatient’s electromyography record in neurophysiologic occlusion wearing the device (DIO), even the muscles activation is low the difference with the initial record is remarkable.11DComparative EMG records: the upper in habitual occlusion and lower in neurophysiological occlusion with the DIO (intraoral device).12 abre e fecha com DIO  Patient’s kinesiographic record with the DIO (intraoral device) constructed in neurophysiological position.Improvement in mouth opening. 13 recalibração  DIO recalibration to improve the patient’s neurophysiological position. The condition of the patient now allows best records because the significant decrease in pain.14Control of the intraoral device, habitual and neuromuscular trajectory are coincident.15 REGISTROS DE AB COMPARATIVOSPatient’s comparative kinesiographic records before and during treatment. Improvement of the patient mandibular opening.16 abre e fecha inicNote on the skull graphic, both condyles right and left move symmetrically.16 A abre e fecha inicImage enlargement showing both condyles right and left moving symmetrically. Patient in maximum mouth opening.17 comparativosPatient’s kinesiographic records comparison with the skull 3D model before and after treatment.

17B comparativosSkull models in 3 D, graphic animation from patient’s kinesiographic record before and after treatment comparison. Patient in maximum mouth opening.

17A 2008MRI: Right TMJ, closed and open mouth before and after treatment. Articular disc in habitual position,(the disc was dislocated before treatment) Resolution of the opening limitation.

17B 2008MRI: Leftt TMJ, closed and open mouth before and after treatment. Articular disc in habitual position. Resolution of the opening limitation.

18 comparativasMRI: TMJ sagittal comparative images, open and closed mouth before and after treatment.

19 bThe patient without pain, decided to continue with the DIO and not perform the phase 2 to eliminate de DIO, with a tridimensional orthodontics. She decided only to restore the teeth that were worn. Restorations made by Dr. Luis Daniel Yavich Mattos.

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When I was 39 years old I was diagnosed by my rheumatologist with arthritis.

All major joints of my left side were suddenly and without warning, very swollen, such as knee and elbow, preventing me from performing my simplier movements such as standing and stretching my arm.

I had swelling, redness and intense pain. Then I started to feel pain in the TMJ. I ended up in the clinic of an orthodontist and facial orthopedist  who told me that I had ‘bruxism’ and that I needed to use a device to place the tongue in the right position.

I wore the appliance for a month or two, my TMJ locked, I could not open my mouth and I felt an absurd pain in my entire head, I no longer knew what hurted more, if it were the joints of the body or my head and mouth.

My rheumatologist, apprehensive that I could have arthritis also in the TMJ immediately referred me to Dr. Lidia Yavich, who received me in the office and managed to relieve my pain completely .

I HAVE TO STRESS THAT, THERE WAS NO MEDICATION THAT COULD CEASE THE PAIN that I felt in the TMJ and in the cervical spine, NOTHING!

After the imaging studies performed by indication of Dr. Lidia, we came to the conclusion that I was not suffering from arthritis in both TMJ, but from a dislocation  of my right condyle  after using for a short time a mistaken device to place my bite and tongue in the ” RIGHT POSITION”

That treatment did not considered important assumptions as the asymmetry of my condyles, or their position, or the disc status in relation to the condyles, causing much suffering.

It took me a long time to understand what was happening to me in my TMJ; I suffered from absurd pain in the head in the middle of a very difficult treatment for arthritis. I was disfigured, terrified and unsure after using the first device with the previous professional because he did not know how to end the pain and even seemed, not to know what was actually happening with me.

I had panic to imagine that I had arthritis in my TMJ, but only after the MRI and the Dr. Lidia interpretation it was possible to exclude the possibility of rheumatic disease in the TMJ in that moment, and from then on to make an efficient treatment.

In a few weeks Dr. Lidia not only took out ALL THE PAIN of the TMJ, but also led me to a treatment that repositioned my disc and  stopped the pain, even being a carrier of a severe autoimmune disease.

I have been using the DIO for seven years without any pain, I have full understanding of the meaning of bruxism in my case and correct approach to the problem, including the options that I could have for a more permanent solution instead the use of the DIO.

I am very grateful to my rheumatologist  today for indicating me a treatment that saved me, because I certainly would have gone crazy with those TMJ pains.

I am very grateful to Dr. Lidia who took me from the rock bottom in which I found myself, ignorant from all  that was happening in a joint so unknown from most of us:.the TMJ.

TMJ Articular Discs Recapture: Mandibular Neurophysiological Repositioning in a Patient with total Upper Denture and Lower partial Denture.

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Female patient 54 years old consults in the clinic with complaints of many years of head ache, ache in the temples and in the back of the head. Shoulder ache, blocked ears sensation, popping in both temporomandibular joints. She presented limitation of mouth opening and difficult for mastication. She used pain killers and anti inflammatory that did not alleviated her symptoms.

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Postural frontal images show de misalignment of the patient shoulders and the forward head position.

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The patient had a complete superior prosthesis, she related that many professionals constructed different removable inferior prosthesis, but they increased her symptomatology.

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Occlusal view show the wear of the anterior lower teeth.

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Patient panoramic radiograph.

General alveolar horizontal resorption.

Asymmetrical condilar heads and suggestion of osteophytes in both mandibular heads.

Stylomandibular ligament calcification.

Periapical lesion in the endodontically treated element.

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TMJ laminography before treatment. Important retro position of the mandibular condyles. Arrows in the zone of compression.

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Surface electromyography of the patient in habitual occlusion.

Anterior right and left temporalis.

Right and left masseter.

Right and left digastrics.

Right and left superior trapezius.

Important asymmetry between the masseter muscles.

Activation of the digastrics in closure, these muscles only must be activated in opening movement.

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MRI: sagittal slice of the right TMJ closed mouth, before treatment

Articular disk dislocation and retro position of the mandibular condyle.

9 MRI: sagittal slice of the right TMJ open  mouth before treatment.

Limitation of mouth opening.10 MRI: sagittal slice of the left TMJ closed  mouth before treatment.

Articular disk dislocation and retroposition of the mandibular condyle.
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MRI: sagittal slice of the left TMJ open  mouth before treatment.

 

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Favorable case for disks repositioning in a neurophysiological position promoting disk recapture

We consider not only the jaw tracker information after the electronic deprogramming but fundamentally the information of the MRI for the decision of the bite record for the tridimensional construction of the intraoral device.

The patient presents a pathological free way space of 10 mm and a mandibular retro position of 6 mm.

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The device is electromiographically controlled to check the improvement of the muscular function.

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The comparative laminography, demonstrate the decompression of the retrodiscal zone.

It is important to know that any laminography cannot demonstrate the recapture of the articular disc. This is only possible with the MRI

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MRI: sagittal slice of the right TMJ closed mouth before and after treatment demonstrates the articular disc recapture and the repositioning of the mandibular condyle.

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MRI: sagittal slice of the right TMJ open mouth before and after treatment. The MRI after treatment demonstrates the right TMJ optimal translation without the limitation of the initial MRI

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MRI: sagittal slice of the left TMJ closed mouth before and after treatment. The MRI after treatment demonstrates the left TMJ articular disc recapture and the repositioning of the mandibular condyle.
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MRI: sagittal slice of the left TMJ open mouth. The MRI after treatment demonstrates the left TMJ optimal translation.


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Shoulders and head posture improvement.
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Head position improvement, comparison with the forward head posture of the image before treatment

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The lip has no more the inclination, of the initial image before the treatment.

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Improvement of the aesthetic facial plane

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Finishing the TMJ pathology treatment I recommended the patient to the colleague that carried   the neurophysiological rehabilitation, maintaining the tridimentional position.

The implants  more than five years after insertion.

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Patient testimony

I felt a lot of pain, during many years. Ear ache, pain behind the eyes, strong head ache that got stronger after chewing. I changed to eat only soft food and stop eating meat and raw vegetables. This food when I chewed provoked and increased my ear pain and head ache. I felt ashamed when I chewed because of the noises that came from my TMJ.

When I complained from the pain in the neck and shoulder pain, they told me that was because of my work, I am a seamstress. Today I continue with my job but I don´t feel more pain, neither in the shoulders, nor in the neck or behind my eyes.

I don´t feel the noises I had when I chewed before the treatment

I feel that I also, rejuvenate, looking to my pictures before and after the treatment, I see my mouth is not twisted like it was before.

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