TMJ Pathologies Treatment: Patient with Pain in the Back of the Head, Bilateral Tinnitus and Constant Teeth and Prosthesis Fracture. First and second phase. Case Report.

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A 57-year-old male patient presented at the clinic, referred by a colleague with complaints of: back of the head pain mainly on the right side, ringing in both ears and perception of strange sounds.

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The patient complains of daytime and nighttime clenching.

Refers to dental losses very early, and installation of prostheses that are subsequently fractured, as well as dental fillings fracture.

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Habitual occlusion of the patient on the day of the appointment, the patient had made a removable prosthesis, but felt neither stability nor comfort with it.

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Upper and lower occlusal views of the patient without the lower removable prosthesis before treatment

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Patient’s initial panoramic radiograph before treatment

Radiographic examination shows absence of dental elements 17, 15, 14, 24, 27, 28, 38, 37 and 36.

Alveolar bone loss in the maxilla and mandible. Impairment of the bone support of element 18. Impairment of the furcation region of element 46.

Alveolar extension of the maxillary sinus in the region of premolars and molars

Endodontically treated 13 and 12 elements.

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The laminography of the temporomandibular joints shows superior and posterior positioning of the right articular process in the articular cavity and inferior and anterior positioning of the left articular process in the articular cavity when the mandible is in the position of maximum intercuspation.

In the maximum opening position, observe anterior angulation of the articular processes. Significant flattening of the posterior and superior surfaces of the right joint process.

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Lateral radiography in conjunction with the patient profile image before treatment.

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Frontal radiography in conjunction with the patient profile image before treatment.

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Lateral and cervical spine radiographs together with the lateral image of the patient before treatment.

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Patient’s comparative electromyographic records at rest,  before and after the electronic deprogramming with the TENS.

Note the relaxation of the muscles especially of the right masseter which after relaxation showed symmetrical values with the left masseter.

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Patient’s dynamic electromyographic record in habitual occlusion before treatment. Note the activation of trapezius and digastric muscles at the moment of maximum occlusion.

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One slice of the patient’s MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): we can observe anterior angulation of the articular processes, flattening of the superior and posterior surface of the articular process of the right side and the posterior surface of the left side. Information we had on laminography.

The articular discs are displaced anteriorly and are also very thin which imply a disc that structurally may not always fulfill the function for which a disc is drawn. However it is imperative in this case even if a recapture of the discs is not achieved, to promote joint decompression.

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The patient’s masticatory muscles were electronically deprogrammed and the mandible rest position was recorded with a jaw tracker.

A device for the three-dimensional repositioning of the mandible was constructed.

The patient presented a very large pathological interocclusal free space 13 mm, and a mandible retro position of two mm.

A healthy free interocclusal space of two mm was left in the DIO construction.

The records change as the system improves, and the devices are changed and recalibrated.

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The three-dimensional mandibular rest position was recorded as an occlusal bite record, which was later used to make a DIO (intraoral device).

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Patient’s comparative laminographies:  the superior in habitual occlusion before the treatment and the lower in the neurophysiological position wearing the DIO (intraoral device).

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Patient comparative images: before the treatment and during treatment with the  DIO (intraoral device)

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Lateral radiographs of the patient: in habitualocclusion and with the use of the DIO (intraoral device)

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Patient’s comparative frontal images before and during the treatment with the DIO (intraoral device)

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Patient’s comparative frontalradiographs:  before and during the treatment with the DIO (intraoral device)

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Patient’s comparative postural images: before and during the treatment with the DIO (intraoral device)

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Patient’s comparative frontal postural images smiling: before and during the treatment with the DIO (intraoral device)

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Wearing  the orthotic, the first phase of implant placement begins.

Panoramic radiograph of the patient in neurophysiological occlusion with the DIO (intraoral device), after the installation of the first implants.

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For the superior implants it was necessary to perform bone graft, 120 days after the bone graft the superior implants were placed.

Panoramic radiograph of the patient in neurophysiological occlusion with the DIO (intraoral device), after the installation of the remaining implants.

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Intraoral device constructed in neurophysiological position with the implants installed.

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Controlling the record of the intraoral device, the records change as the system improves, and the devices are changed and recalibrated.

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

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

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

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

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Alignment and recovery of the lower sector with resins.

 The patient is tested with bioinstrumentation maintaining an aesthetic and functional result within the specific case.

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Control of the neuromuscular trajectory in the rehabilitated patient.

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Dynamic electromyographic record after completion of the patient’s second phase  treatment. Orthodontics and rehabilitation.

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Completion of the TMJ pathology treatment, orthodontic and rehabilitative (in this specific clinical case).Neurophysiological rehabilitation was performed by Dr. João Sousa.

Subsequent rehabilitation was done keeping the vertical dimension with the device, but having to yield a little at the ideal height due to the patient’s bone conditions, rehabilitation possibilities and orthodontic limitations. The rehabilitation was done with metal ceramic crowns, and in the upper implants zirconia crowns in elements 14 and 15.

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Patient’s upper and lower occlusal view after completion of the neurophysiological treatment.34-panoramica-final

Patient’s panoramic radiograph after completion of the neurophysiological treatment.

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Patient’s laminography in neurophysiological occlusion after completion of the neurophysiological treatment.

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Patient’s lateral radiograph after completion of the neurophysiological treatment.

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Patient’s frontal radiograph after completion of the neurophysiological treatment.

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Comparative patient occlusions before and after neurophysiological treatment.

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Comparative occlusal views of the patient: before and after the neurophysiological treatment

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Comparative panoramic radiographs of the patient: before during and after the neurophysiological treatment.

Subsequent rehabilitation was done keeping the vertical dimension with the device, but having to yield a little at the ideal height due to the patient’s bone conditions, rehabilitation possibilities and orthodontic limitations. The rehabilitation was done with metal ceramic crowns, and in the upper implants zirconia crowns in elements 14 and 15.

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Patient’s postural comparative frontal images: before, during and after the  neurophysiological treatment.

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Patient’s postural comparative profile images: before, during and after the  neurophysiological treatment.

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Patient’s lateral comparative lateral radiographs: before and after the  neurophysiological treatment.

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Main Symptoms:

1) Bilateral Tinnitus- This symptom bothered me greatly, especially in the silence of the night it was almost torture, today I do not feel anything else, so much that I have forgotten if I ever had tinnitus.

2) Strange sounds in both ears: I had difficulties to identify, I confused on which side came the sounds and voices.

3) Clenching and constant breaking of prostheses and restorations – I remember that this was the main reason why Dr. João told me to seek treatment.Today I use a orthotic to sleep and I never had any problems.

4) I had a great gift, which I did not expect and I was not looking for it either. Facial rejuvenation, to the point that some people do not recognize me as they pass me by. Others noticed the change and asked what I had done and more recently a friend asked me, what is the secret of growing young. I’m very happy, I’m much younger. Thank you Dr. Lídia, thank you Dr. João.

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

The former publication worked on  the neurophysiological approach of the first and second phase in the treatment of TMJ pathologies. The patient of the last publication, entitled “Tridimensional Orthodontics in the Second Phase of TMJ Pathologies” has her complete dentition in mouth and a good periodontal health, condition that permited us by a tridimensional orthodontics to restore and balance the system after the First Phase, with the REMOVAL OF THE INTRAORAL DEVICE.

We know that there are cases that can meliorate, others that we can avoid its aggravation, and still others that we can only can relieve the pain.

In this publication we will report a case where a good quality of life was returned to the patient and we could offer a neurophysiological rehabilitation combined with a tridimensional orthodontics, always keeping the mandibular localization in equilibrium with the muscular planes, temporomandibular joint and dental planes, achieved in the first Phase.

1 HELENA DE MATTOS Female patient 54 years old came to the consultation with strong pain in the superior part of the head, in both temporalis, in the back of the head and in the cervical spine.

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The pain was so strong that SHE REFERRED THE WILL to extract all the teeth, believing that they were the origin of the pain. She reported a lot of pain in the face, and strong twinges in the ears.

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The patient marked the pain areas in the head and neck, but she referred pain in several joints of the body.

Patient’s testimony

Long time ago I began to feel ear pain. I consulted   many otorhinolaringologist that told me I didn´t had anything wrong in my ear. Then I consulted  a neurologist that medicated me with carbamezepine and told me that I had a GLOSSOFHARYNGEAL NEURALGIA.

I felt very uncomfortable with the medication. I experienced dizziness and lack of concentration.

I consulted  Dr. Valdai Souza, a physician , who removed the medication, improved my general health and checking my TMJ referred me to Clinica My.

2 DENTES The patient presented a very deteriorated aesthetics, BUT THE MOTIVE OF HER CONSULTATION WAS PAIN IN THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT, PAIN IN THE FACE, STRONG HEADACHE AND PAIN IN THE EAR.

The patient had tried too many dentistry treatments; even so she continued grinding and breaking teeth. She had lost teeth. She had prostheses installed, but the patient gave up to search a better aesthetics because  the pain in the joint and  headache didn´t allow her a normal life.

3 DENTES Patient’s  occlusal view is marked by the wear of the anterior teeth, both superior and inferior

She had consulted  several specialists until she was derived by her physician to Clinica My.

4 PANORAMICA

In the radiographic exam we observe the absence of the 18,16,28,28,36, 46 4 48 dental elements.

The 15, 14, 22, 24, 26, 35,44 e 45 elements are endodontically treated.

Fixed prosthesis with support in the 16/15 elements. Presence of unitary fixed with metallic intracanal pin in the 14, 22, 26, 35, 34 e 45 dental elements.

Extensive restoration in the 13, 24 e44 dental elements.

Restorative material in the 11, 21, 23, 27, 32 and 47 elements.

Maxillary and mandibular bone loss more pronounced in the edentulous areas.

Elongation of the left styloid process.

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Patient’s laminography in habitual occlusion shows de retro position of the mandibular condyles and a sequel of traumatism in infancy (left side). We can observe in this image the alteration of the axis of the mandibular condyle. The website of the Clinica MY  www.clinicamy.com.br  has the links for both articles. . Alterações na Orientação do Côndilo Mandibular Devido a Traumatismos na Primeira Infância (portuguese). Clinic case presented in the 4th edition of the Brazilian Journal of TMJ, occlusion and Orofacial Pain, October/ December 2001.

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

Article published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillary Diseases, volume 3, issue 2,  July/December de 2014.

5B LAMINOGRAFIA Alterations in the Orientation of the Mandibular Condyle Because of Traumatism in Infancy

Clinic case presented in the number 4 edition of the Brazilian Journal of TMJ, occlusion and Orofacial Pain, October/ December 2001.

5C LAMINOGRAFIA Structural modifications of the mandibular condylar process as one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy.

Article published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillary Diseases, volume 3, issue 2,  July/December de 2014.

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One of the slices of the MRI showing the asymmetry of the mandibular heads and the alteration of the condyle axis in the left side.

The articular discs are anteriorly dislocated with reduction in the slices of the MRI in open mouth (not included in this publication). The principal objective in this case is the TMJ decompression and the tridimensional balance of the masticatory muscles. The structural asymmetries provoked by traumatism cannot be modified. But yes we can balance the muscles!

Patient’s testimony

My mother told me that when I was very little I felt from a tree and hit my head.

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The profile radiograph shows the patient’s occlusion collapse. In a simple view we could attribute this collapse to the teeth loss, BUT IS NOT SO SIMPLE. The patient presents also a dimensional loss provoked by the alteration of de axis of the mandibular condyle.

This dimensional loss is many times observed in patients with all THE DENTAL ELEMENTS IN MOUTH, but they also present an alteration of the mandibular condylar axis, because of traumatism in infancy or others etiologic conditions that affected one or both mandibular heads.

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The lateral radiograph including the cervical spine shows the vertebral misalignment, the degenerative condition, the loss of space between the vertebrae.

Patient’s testimony:

I had a car accident, a truck crossed in front of my vehicle, I hit  my face on the car’s front glass  and I needed an intervention  in my face.

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Osteophytes especially in C4, C5 and C6. The patient also has the cervical MRI showing  vertebral discs protrusions.  

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Her muscles were electronically deprogrammed and a DIO (Intraoral Device) or ortese was constructed in a neurophysiological position. In other publications we mentioned the kinesiographic methods wich were used.

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Surface electromyography in habitual occlusion shows an important asymmetry between the right and left temporalis muscles, also asymmetries between right and left masseters.

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Aesthetic modifications with the intraoral device in neurophysiological position in mouth.

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The installation of two implants on the inferior left side were planned and also two implants on the superior right side where the patient had an old prosthesis. All these procedures were ALWAYS WITH THE DIO (intraoral device) constructed in neurophysiological position in mouth 24 hours in a day.

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Comparative panoramic radiographs: initial panoramic radiograph before the treatment and the panoramic radiograph with the implants installed, always with the DIO, Intraoral Device in neurophysiological position.

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The cavity preparation had only a provisional aesthetic goal that permitted us to begin the anterior sector orthodontics movement. That will be posted later.

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The teeth were rehabilitated PROVISIONALLY WITH RESINES to improve patient´s aesthetics and self-esteem. The patient had no symptomatology, that condition permitted us to work in the recuperation of her stomatognathic system health and aesthetics.

Orthodontics movement wearing THE INTRAORAL DEVICE WAS INITIATED.  The first objective was the molar uprighting on the inferior right side in order to recuperate the  space to install the implant.

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The second objective continuing the neurophysiological rehabilitation combined with the tridimensional orthodontics was the vestibularization of the superior anterior sector to aloud the proper anatomical reconstruction of the teeth.

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Some of the teeth presented pulp degeneration, needing endodontic and a reinforcement of the dental nuclei with metallic pins.

13 cimentação de coroas provisorias Implant on the place of the 46, after space recuperation14 cimentação definitiva dos provisórios 15 cimentação coroas definitivas

In this view, without the DIO (Intraoral Device), with the metal-ceramic crowns already cemented, we can see the wear of the inferior anterior sector, which needs to be rehabilitated with resins.

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In this case, the initial planning was to maintain the intraoral device after rehabilitation, because the dimensional loss was very large. The patient presented bone loss and degenerative conditions in several body joints: A PROSTHESES IN HER HIP, AN IMPORTAT MISALIGNEMENT OF THE CERVICAL SPINE WITH OSTEOPHYTES AND LOSS OF THE SPACE BETWEEN VERTEBRAE.

The 35 element had a 10 years fractured old pin with important overload (remember that this was the last tooth in mouth in the left inferior sector before the implants installation) .

The extraction of this element was decided.The patient  is WITHOUT PAIN, AND WITH THE SPACE PRESERVED BY THE DIO, will decide later the implant installation.

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Laminography showing the tridimensional decompression of the mandibular heads.

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Laminography comparison before and after the neurophysiological rehabilitation combined with the tridimensional orthodontics.

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Panoramic radiograph with the finalization of the rehabilitation and the space of the 35 element preserved for the future implant.

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Panoramic radiographs comparison: intial panoramic before treatment, panoramic during the treatment and panoramic after the neurophysiological rehabilitation combined with the tridimensional orthodontics.

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Frontal radiographs comparison before and after the neurophysiological rehabilitation combined with the tridimensional orthodontics.

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Intraoral photographs before and after treatment.

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Patient’s lateral and cervical spine radiographs comparison before and after the neurophysiological rehabilitation combined with the tridimensional orthodontics. Remember that one of the reasons to maintain the intraoral device was because the degenerative conditions of the cervical spine and in other joints.

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Patient’s postural and aesthetics modifications before treatment and after the neurophysiological rehabilitation

dEPOIMENTO 1

I arrived in the clinic with a strong  pain in the face, headache and pain in my ear. I wanted to extract all my teeth because of the pain and twinges in the ear.

In a quiet environment I felt the buzz on my left ear and the pain rose to the head. Sometimes I spent the night walking to be able to endure…

I began to treat the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pathology. And I got a relief of my pain.

After two years I initiated the rehabilitation. In the middle of the rehabilitation I had a pelvis surgery; the physicians needed to install a hip prosthesis.

I had also a tumor in my kidney and the physicians needed to remove it.

Without pain and with aesthetic improvement Dr. Lidia and Dr. Luis Daniel explained to me that they couldn´t totally remove the device, because the dimensional loss  was too large and also because of my degenerative active condition, which meant loss of stability not only in the TMJ, but also in other joints.

dEPOIMENTO 2

Nowadays I wear a small intraoral device.This device  will be changed for one aesthetics DIO, instead of the transparent  one.

My life quality improved 100 percent, I sleep very  well and I even  don´t feel the buzz any more, neither the twinges.

THE AESTHETICS ACHIEVEMENT ALSO IMPROVED MY SELF-ESTEEM, even if that was not the motive for my treatment. The reason was to alleviate my pain. NOW  WITHOUT PAIN, EVEN THE AESTHETICS IS IMPORTANT.

A big hug and my gratitude to my Drs. for my life quality change !

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