Posteriorization of the Mandibular Condyle, Compression of the Retrodiscal Tissue and Anteriorization of the Articular Disc as a cause of Neurologic Pain. Recovery of the Physiological Relationship of the Head of the Mandible with the Articular Disc. Series of clinical cases.

In this page we present some of the physiological neuromuscular foundations for the treatment of temporomandibular joint pathologies, it was also presented the importance of differential diagnosis and also the use of bioinstrumentation as surface electromyography and computerized kinesiography.

Images of patients related to their symptoms were also presented. Several etiological factors such as trauma in early childhood, especially green stick fracture, recapture of the intra-articular discs in reducible displacements, and interrelation between craniomandibular disorders and the vertebral column.

When we talk about the treatment of TMJ pathologies we have to understand that there are different approaches. The proposal for a palliative treatment is the symptomatic treatment, that is, a treatment that seeks to block the symptoms. It is given through the administration of drugs, such as analgesics, anti-inflammatory and myo relaxing drugs. The restorative approach is the treatment that seeks when possible to correct or heal what is damaged. To know what is wrong, a differential diagnosis is necessary. This diagnosis must always be made prior to the treatment proposal.

1 FOTO INIC FRONTALA 19-year-old female patient presents at the clinic with complaints of constant headache, neck pain and swelling in the face, back of the head pain and migraines.

According to the anamnesis filled out by the patient herself, in the initial consultation she reports clicks in the jaw, dizziness, ear pain and low back pain.

The patient also reports bruxism and nighttime clenching.

2 FOTO INICIAL PERFILThe patient also refers to retro-ocular pain on the right side, pain in both shoulders, and pain in the TMJ (right temporomandibular joint).

The patient reports cracks in the TMJ on the right side, sensation of ear covering, strange sounds and non-specific facial pain.

The patient claims difficulty in opening the mouth and difficulty in chewing.

Summary report written by the patient

In the middle of the year 2014, I had a routine consultation at a dentist to clean my teeth and I reported cracking and pain in the jaw, she did not pay attention, she said it was normal and it would soon pass.

Since then I started with severe headaches, dizziness, ear pain, back pain, my feet (more in  my heel), pain in my eye as well, and in days of painful crises, my right eye would hardly open and the right side of the my face all swollen (mumps type).

After this worsening we looked for an TMJ specialist who gave me an acrylic plate, thin and only for my upper teeth.

I used the splint for six months and after that all the symptoms worsened.

We looked for another specialist, who made the same acrylic plate for the upper teeth, but in a very different size, it was a thick plate.

In the beginning it helped, after six months, all the symptoms started to appear stronger.

We consulted a new specialist, who made a new type of appliance, with the wires and the blue acrylic on the side (I took it to show to you), it was what had helped me the most, using it for 24 hours, improved pain, even dizziness , but after a year of use everything returned and with all the pain still stronger, however during that one year of treatment, despite the improvements I could not make any kind of physical effort even not strong  my jaw swelled (gym, climbing stairs, picking up weight …)

In March 2017, a year and four months of use of the appliance, the professional said it was time to start “weaning”, start leaving the device and use only to sleep because I should already be good, I commented that it had gotten worse and she insisted that it was the time to be well…

It was then that we looked for another specialist, this one said that the plate in use was not suitable for the problem and made a new plate of acrylic that judged the correct one for the presented problem, was thin and of acrylic, equal to the first one I already used, only for the upper teeth, I immediately told to my mother and to him that this plate would not solve, since I had already used identical plate in previous treatment, he insisted saying yes, that was the correct one.

With the use of the device I also did  hot compresses and shocks of physiotherapy and also needles, which helped a lot in the neck muscles that hurt a lot, but this device from the beginning did not help, the headaches that felt every day were even worse, I’ve had more dizziness.

3 DENTES INIC PROT FRONTALHabitual occlusion of the patient on the day of the consultation.

6 OCLUSAIS INIC SEM PROTUpper and lower occlusal views of the patient on the day of the consultation.

7 PANORAMICA INICIALInitial panoramic radiograph of the patient before treatment.

8 LAMINOGRAFIA INCIAL

TMJ laminography in habitual occlusion and in open mouth.

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

Important retro position of the jaw mandibular heads especially on the left side causing an important retrodiscal compression.

9 TELE PERFIL INICIALLateral radiograph of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment.

10 C7 INICIALLateral and cervical radiograph of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment. Note the loss of cervical lordosis, rectification of the cervical spine.

11 FRONTAL INICIALFrontal radiography of the patient in habitual occlusion before treatment.

12 eletromiog dinamica inicial

Dynamic electromyographic record of the patient in habitual occlusion.

It is important to understand that surface electromyography is an additional tool in diagnosis, and not the only determinant, is a very interesting tool to be able to control the evolution in our own patient during the course of treatment.

13 cortes sagitais da ATM ESQUERDA FECHADA ANTES DO TRAT

 MRI: sagittal T1 slices of the left TMJ closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular heads are in retroposition.

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

Important retrodiscal compression.

The magnetic nuclear resonance of the patient in habitual occlusion demonstrates the anterior dislocation of both articular discs, retroposition of the mandibular heads and modification of the axis of growth caused by traumatism in the early childhood (Structural modifications of the mandibular condylar process as one of the sequels of traumatism. in infancy). Dislocation is reducible (open mouth resonance not included in this post).

14 cortes sagitais da ATM ESQUERDA FECHADA ANTES DO TRAT

 MRI: sagittal T1 slices of the left TMJ closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular heads are in retroposition.

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

Important retrodiscal compression.

15 cortes sagitais da ATM DIREITA FECHADA ANTES DO TRAT

 MRI: sagittal T1 slices of the right TMJ closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular heads are in retroposition.

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

Important retrodiscal compression.

16 cortes sagitais da ATM DIREITA FECHADA ANTES DO TRAT

 MRI: sagittal T1 slices of the right TMJ closed mouth before treatment. There is an anteroversion of the mandibular condyle. The mandibular heads are in retroposition.

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

Important retrodiscal compression.

17 RNM FRONTAIS INICIAIS DIR E ESQ-Recuperado

MRI: T1 frontal slices of right and 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.

20 TOMOGRAFIA

Tomographic examination of temporo-mandibular joints.

Right and left sagittal slices in habitual occlusion prior to treatment.

21 TOMOGRAFIA

Tomographic examination of temporo-mandibular joints.

Multiplanar reconstruction – left  TMJ in habitual occlusion before treatment.

Important posteriorisation of the mandible head.

22 TOMOGRAFIA

Tomographic examination of temporo-mandibular joints.

Multiplanar reconstruction – right  TMJ in habitual occlusion before treatment.

Important posteriorisation of the mandible head.

22a REGISTRO CINECIOGRAFICO INICIAL

When our proposal is a restorative treatment, we have a FIRST PHASE where the goal when possible is to heal the joint. Sometimes we can only improve it or prevent it from getting worse. Knowing what we can treat and what we cannot treat and the limitations of each individual case is very important.

To correctly evaluate the maxillomandibular relationship we should begin to consider the physiological position of mandibular rest.

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 electronically deprogrammed and a new resting neuromuscular physiological position was recorded.

The patient has a pathological free space of 7.7 mm.

The patient also had a 0.6 mm mandibular retroposition.

23 oclusao DIO

Occlusion of the patient with the DIO (intraoral device)

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

The NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSIOLOGICAL 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.

24 COMPARATIVAS FRONTAIS POSTURAIS

Comparative frontal postural images.

The patient was derived along with TMJ pathology treatment for a physiotherapy team in the city where she resides. Along with mandibular repositioning the conditioning of all postural chains is necessary.

Each patient needs a specific derivation according to the particular case.

25 eletromiog dinamica com DIO

Dynamic electromyographic record of the patient with the DIO (intraoral device) in physiological neuromuscular occlusion.

26 CONTROLE DA ORTESE

28 RNM Comparativas esquerda 1 sagital

MRI: Comparison of left sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

29 RNM Comparativas esquerda 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of left sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

30 RNM Comparativas esquerda 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of left sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

31 RNM Comparativas esquerda 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of left sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

32 RNM Comparativas direia 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of right sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

33 RNM Comparativas direia 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of right sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

34 RNM Comparativas direia 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of right sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

35 RNM Comparativas direia 2 sagital

MRI: Comparison of right sagittal cut T1, closed mouth, before physiological neuromuscular treatment, and 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.

36 RNM Comparativas esquerda frontal

RNM: Comparison of FRONTAL SLICE  T1, left TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and the same left TMJ, FRONTAL SLICE T1, closed mouth, after the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

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

37 RNM Comparativas direita frontal

RNM: Comparison of FRONTAL SLICE  T1, right TMJ, closed mouth, before the physiological neuromuscular treatment, and the same right TMJ, FRONTAL SLICE T1, 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 panoramicas comparativas

Comparative panoramic radiographs of the patient before starting the treatment and at the beginning of the second phase of the treatment. At this time the removal of the third molars included can also be done.

39 laminografias comparativas

Comparative laminographies of the patient before starting the treatment and at the beginning of the second phase of the treatment. The joint decompression can be observed.

Laminographs and or COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHS, even showing decompression DO NOT SHOW the position of the articular disc. The position of the articular disc and the presence or not of osseous edema of the mandibular condyle can only be evaluated with nuclear magnetic resonance. The result or not of the recovery of the Physiological Relationship of the Jaw Head to the Articular Disc can be evaluated by comparing the MRI after the first phase and the comparison with the initial MRI.

40 frontais comparativas

Comparative frontal radiographs of the patient before starting the treatment and at the beginning of the second phase of the treatment.

When the first phase is completed, we verify if the subsequent control images correspond to our goals set in the initial diagnosis. We know that there are cases where we can improve the case, and others where we can prevent it from worsening, and others where we can only treat the pain.

The patient did not report any symptoms from the temporomandibular joint. The comparative MRI showed the recovery of the physiological relation of the head of the mandible with the articular disc.

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

In the case of positive results from the first phase we can start a second phase of treatment to remove the device that is used permanently during the first phase of the treatment. For this we can perform a three-dimensional orthodontic, a physiological neuromuscular rehabilitation or the combination of both. Always maintaining the mandibular location in balance with the muscular planes, temporomandibular joint and dental planes.

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

In this case we will move to a three-dimensional orthodontic, where the teeth are erupted to the new physiological neuromuscular position.

A three-dimensional orthodontics needs to maintain the three-dimensional position of the mandible in balance with its bone and muscle planes achieved in the FIRST PHASE, and whenever possible maintain the Physiological Relationship of the Jaw Head with the Articular Disc.
It is fundamental to understand, that this passage has to be made keeping the DIO (intraoral device, together with the different devices to be used for the dental eruption)

47 DEPOIMENTO 3

Patient’s statement:

After long three years of failure looking for a treatment for my problem in my city, I found Dr. Lidia in a simple Google search.

I went to her and with a proposal completely different from the others, we started the new treatment immediately.

I was in an advanced stage, where I had  headache all day, pain in the ear, swollen eye (often unable to open), right side of the swollen face too (like a mumps), pain in the neck, pain in my back and also on foot.

I had no quality of life, because I was in pain all the time. When I started the treatment in the first two days I did not feel any more headaches. With the monthly follow up, adjusting as my body asked, I no longer felt any pain in anything and I returned to a normal life.

Today I am in the middle of the second phase, super anxious to go to the end and every month that passes I feel better and better.

Child with Otalgia (earache) and Conductive Hearing Loss: when measuring makes the difference. Normalization of hearing thresholds. First and second phase. Case report.

Symptoms of mild hearing loss occurring in childhood often go unnoticed. It is vital the early detection of this deficiency.

Various physical and psychological activities of children and adolescents may be affected due to hearing impairment.

The conductive hearing loss resulting from Eustachian tube dysfunction INITIATED BY  TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS  is OFTEN NOT CONSIDERED.

It is vital the early detection of this deficiency.

There are two general types of hearing loss, conductive and sensorineural.

Conductive hearing loss results from disruption in the passage of sound from the external ear to the oval window.

Anatomically, this pathway includes the ear canal, tympanic membrane, and ossicles. Such loss may be due to cerumen impaction, tympanic membrane perforation, otitis media, osteosclerosis , intraaural muscle dysfunction, or displacement of the ossicles by the malleolar ligament.

Sensorineural hearing loss results from otology abnormalities beyond the oval window. Such abnormalities may affect the sensory cells of the cochlea or the neural fibers of the 8th cranial nerve. Hearing loss with age (presbycusis) is an example. Eight cranial nerve tumors may also lead to such hearing loss.

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Male patient, eleven years old,  arrived to the clinic for consultation referring headache, pain on the  back of the head, shoulder pain, neck pain, hand numbness and tingling  in hands and LIMITATION OF MOUTH OPENING.

1A

The patient reports pain in the left ear and sensation of ear blockage especially on the left side. He also has tinnitus in both ears and DECREASE OF HEARING IN BOTH EARS.

Any hearing loss reported by the patient, must be evidenced by an audiometry.

2

Patient’s medical history: is relevant to this case the antecedent trauma on the chin at early childhood. It is also important to consider his recurrent infections of  ear and throat and that when he was eight months old he had a severe pneumonia that required hospitalization.

3

Images of the patient’s habitual occlusion. Upper and lower oclusal view. Patient’s photos:  frontal, profile and smiling on the day of consultation.

4

Patient’s initial panoramic radiograph

5

Patient temporomandibular joint laminography before treatment: we can observe the superior and posterior position of the left condylar process in the articular cavity when the jaw is in the position of  maximum intercuspidation.

In the maximum opening position, we can observe the anterior angulation of the left articular processes.

6

Patient’s habitual image occlusion before treatment, in the consultation day.We may observe here an important overbite.

It is evident the lack of space for the correct positioning of the  left maxillary canine.

7

Superior and lower oclusal view of the patient before treatment. It is evident the lack of space for the correct positioning of the left maxillary canine.

8

Patient’s lateral radiograph together with the profile image before treatment.

Retrognathic profile and rectification of the cervical spine.

9 res fechada

MRI T1: Sagittal slice, left and right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

We can observe anterior facets on the right and left mandibular heads.

In the right TMJ the disk is slightly anteriorly dislocated. The anterior dislocation is more evident on the left TMJ, with the head of the mandible backed on the retrodiscal  zone.

10 res aberta

MRI T1: Sagittal slice, left and right TMJ open mouth before treatment.

We can observe anterior facets on both mandibular heads.

Both mandibular condyles cannot translate, reducing mouth opening.

12 cineciog 1

Initial kinesiographic record: loss of speed when the patient opens and closes his mouth. There is no coincidence between the opening and closing trajectories in the sagittal view of the record. Limited mouth opening as the patient can open only 32.9 mm.

11 ELET INICIAL

Surface electromyography of the patient in habitual occlusion in which are measured:

Anterior right and left temporalis

Right and left masseter

Right and left digastrics

Right and left superior trapezius

Activation of the digastrics in closure, these muscles should only must be in activity along the opening movement

During the examination there was an activation of the right and left upper trapezius even when the patient was instructed to lower his shoulders.He had activated both trapezius throughout the examination.

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The patient reports pain in the left ear and sensation of ear blockage, especially on the left side. He also has tinnitus and DECREASE OF HEARING IN BOTH EARS.

ANY HEARING LOSS REPORTED BY THE PATIENT MUST BE EVIDENCED BY AN AUDIOMETRY.

15 AUDIOMETRIA INICIAL

An audiogram is produced by using a relative measure of the patient hearing as compared with an established “normal “value. It is a graphic representation of auditory threshold responses that are obtained from testing a patient’s hearing with pure-tone stimuli. The parameters of the audiogram are frequency, as measured in cycles per second (HZ) and intensity, as measured in dB­­­­.

The first audiometry of the patient revealed a mild hearing loss in the left ear and a moderate hearing loss in his right ear.

Symptoms of mild hearing loss occurring in childhood often go unnoticed. It is vital the early detection of this deficiency.

Hearing loss is classified as mild, in which the ear is unable to detect sounds below 40 decibels which makes it  difficult to understand human speech.

In moderate loss, the sounds below 70 decibels are not heard.

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We recorded the mandibular rest position after electronic deprogramming, together with the information of the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to orient our decisions of the bite registration, for the three-dimensional construction of the DIO (intraoral device).

The patient has a pathological free space of 8.6 mm and 8 mm of mandibular retro position.

The degree of compression determinates de reaction of the patient.

The retrusion of the mandible, whether it is iatrogenically induced, or a result of malocclusion, often results in otalgia due to excessive compression of the neurovascular retrodiscal tissues. The patient’s impression is ear pain.

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I informed the parents of the patient, that at this stage, I was only worried about the health of the patient, and focused on  improving the functions, the symptoms and controlling the conductive hearing loss.

Hearing loss resulting from Eustachian tube dysfunction, initiated by craniomandibular disorders is usually subjective.

For this reason there is a need for an objective control by audiometry.

 I explained that I would not make any orthodontic intervention at this stage to include in the arcade the canine that was misaligned and out of space. I told them  that I would take care of it later and in this case I would not have the need to extract teeth.

19

The installed device is controlled through surface electromyography to evaluate the function.

20 AUDIOMETRIA 2

Patient’s second audiometry  shows normal thresholds in the left ear and a mild hearing loss in his right ear.

21 AUDIOMETRIA 1 e  2

Comparing the first and second audiometry of the patient during treatment.

Thresholds normalization of the right ear and thresholds improvement of the left ear.

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Structural lesions may produce functional changes which in turn increases the structural changes.

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Structural and functional changes.

25

Even a decompressed joint, takes time to recover

Some structural lesions can be recovered, but  OTHERS CANNOT.

25A

Even a decompressed joint, takes time to recover

Some structural lesions can be recovered, but OTHERS CANNOT.

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It takes time to stabilize the muscles during treatment, different patients, different ages and different pathologies.

27 AUDIOMETRIA 3

Patient’s third audiometry shows NORMAL thresholds in the left ear and NORMAL thresholds in his right ear.

28 AUDIOMETRIA 1 e  2 e 3

Comparing the first, second and third audiometry of the patient during treatment.
Thresholds normalization in the right and left ear.

At this time with the normalization of the conductive hearing loss, the remission of symptoms and improvement of the images from the exams, we began the second phase through a three-dimensional orthodontics.

29 SERIES DE ORTO 1

Sequence of the three-dimensional orthodontic in the second stage of treatment of TMJ disorders in this particular patient. REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERY CASE WILL ALLOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SECOND STAGE.

30 SERIES DE ORTO 2

Sequence of the three-dimensional orthodontic in the second stage of treatment of TMJ disorders in this particular patient. REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERY CASE WILL ALLOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SECOND STAGE.

30 A PERFIL E RAD LATERAL ORTO

Patient’s lateral radiograph together with the profile image during treatment.

Aesthetic and not retrognathic profile as at the beginning of treatment.

There was not a recovery of the physiological lordosis, but there surely was an improvement of the cervical spine.

31 SERIES DE ORTO 3

Sequence of the three-dimensional orthodontic in the second stage of treatment of TMJ disorders in this particular patient. REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERY CASE WILL ALLOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SECOND STAGE.

32  SERIES DE ORTO4

Sequence of the three-dimensional orthodontic in the second stage of treatment of TMJ disorders in this particular patient. REMEMBER THAT NOT EVERY CASE WILL ALLOW THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A SECOND STAGE.

33 RETIRADA DO DIO

Removal of the DIO (intra oral device) at the current stage of the three-dimensional orthodontics.

34 SERIES DE ORTO4

Images without the DIO (intraoral device) and completion of the treatment of the three-dimensional orthodontic in neurophysiological occlusion.

OCLUSAIS FINAIS

Comparative images of the upper and lower oclusal views from the patient before and after completion of the first and the second phase of the neurophysiologic treatment.

35 AUDIOMETRIA 4

The fourth audiometry of the patient after completion of the two phases of treatment maintains the normal thresholds in both the left ear and the right ear.

SERIES DE ORTO

Part of the sequence of the three-dimensional orthodontics in the second stage of the treatment of TMJ disorders in this particular patient.

panoramicas comparativas

Comparative panoramic radiographs: before treatment and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics.

CEF COMPARATIVOS

Comparative of lateral radiographs of the patient: at the beginning of the treatment in habitual occlusion, after the  completion of the three-dimensional orthodontic in neurophysiological occlusion and six years after the completion of treatment control.

37 CINESIO comparativoS

Patient’s kinesiographic records comparison: before and after treatment.

The mouth opening  of the patient improved from 32.9 mm to 38.9 mm and it also reached an excellent speed regarding  mouth opening and closing.

37 eletro comparativo

Patient’s electromyography records comparison: before, during and after treatment.

39 jaw trackwe  comparativoa

Patient’s kinesiographic records after electronically mandibular deprogramming comparison: before treatment the habitual trajectory is not coincident with the neuromuscular trajectory.

After treatment the habitual trajectory is tridimensional coincident with the neuromuscular trajectory.

40 todas as audiometrias

Comparing the first, second, third and forth  audiometry of the patient.
Thresholds normalization of right and left ear.

FINALE FINALE

Various physical and psychological activities of children and adolescents may be affected due to hearing impairment. The conductive hearing loss resulting from Eustachian tube dysfunction INITIATED BY  TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDERS  is OFTEN NOT CONSIDERED.

It is vital the early detection of this deficiency.

42 DEPOIMENTO 1

When the patient ended all the treatment, and being still a teenager, he left the following testament:

My dentist referred me to the orthodontist because I had a crooked canine. So, after a panoramic radiograph she suspected that I could have a TMJ problem. Then she referred me to Porto Alegre to do a MRI, and from that exam it was found something that indicated a TMJ problem. So then I started the tratment with Dr. Lidia Yavich, that also investigated the tinnitus and my hearing problem.

When I was little I felt and hit the chin but my parents didn’t know that it could affect my TMJ.

I suffered a lot from an earache and sore throat. I had even scheduled an ear surgery but after six months of treatment it was no longer necessary to do it. Today I am doing well. I have a good hearing and I don’t have any more the tinnitus and the throat pain. I am happy with this treatment, thanks to God and to Dra. Lidia Yavich.

42 DEPOIMENTO

Here follows the testimony of the same patient seven years after the completion of the treatment:

Today, more than seven years after the end of the TMJ treatment with Dr. Lidia, and thanks to the God-given gifts to her, I haven’t been suffering any more with the earaches nor with the throat pain or the hearing loss. I had had, before the treatment, the indication to make an ear operation since I was loosing my hearing and that was not necessary with the TMJ treatment because during the treatment I was monitorated by exams that had proven that my hearing improved. Today I live a normal life, without having problems with those things from the past. I thanks the treatment done by Dr. Lidia which has healed me and improved my life.

 

Neuromuscular Physiological Treatment in a Patient with Headache and Pain in the Temporomandibular Joints. Case report without possibility of Disc Recapture: first and second phase.

 

I often observe the debate on etiology and therapeutics, especially in TMJ dysfunction discussions groups, which are integrated by patients and professionals. These groups are active not only in Brazil but in several countries and communities from around the world.

I hope this space will add, strengthen or clarify those discussions.

The professional who treats patients with TMJ pathology has to take into account, at the moment of studying the clinical case, the patient’s particularities and the anatomical structures that are involved and provoking pain and affliction to our patient.

Even if the professional is scrupulous, evolutions can be different from patient to patient. That is why the professional has to investigate carefully which are the structures that can improve or even heal and which are the ones that cannot improve or still which ones we do not know if can be improved in the process of treatment.

Recognizing what we do not know is perhaps more important than recognizing  what we do know: and the communication of this understanding to the patient is essential.

When we start a treatment we must be certain of the structures we can meliorate, or even prevent of getting worse  and we also must know which structures  we DO NOT HAVE THE CONDITION TO MELIORATE and we certainly must communicate that to the patient. Within this framework, the most important thing is to investigate if  we can improve the quality of life of the patient.

1 FOTO FRONTAL

Female patient with 45 years old arrives to the clinic for consultation suffering from headache every day, also suffering from neck pain and pain in the back of the neck, pain in both temporomandibular joints and severe pain on the shoulders.

Pain is more intense on the left side.

2 FOTO PERFIL - Copia

The patient reports a sensation of plugged ears and hearing decrease which was confirmed by an audiometry that refers normal hearing at  4KHZ and a severe sensorineural hearing loss at 6 KHZ and moderate at 8 KHz in the right ear.

The left ear has normal hearing thresholds.

The patient presents a buzzing in the left ear, and peculiar noises.

3 DENTES INICIAIS - Copia

Patient’s habitual occlusion in the consultation day. Note patient’s overbite.

The patient reports that she wakes up with pain in the teeth, because of clenching.

4 OCLUSAIS INICIAIS - Copia

Patient’s upper and lower oclusal view before treatment. Note the wear of the lower anterior teeth. The patient states that have made maxillary anterior teeth reconstruction with resin due to attrition caused by bruxism.

5 PANORAMICA INICIAL - Copia

Patient’s panoramic radiograph before treatment. Absence of teeth 18,28,48.

Tooth 38 in a horizontal position, impacted

Reabsorption of the alveolar ridges.

6 LAMINOGRAFIA INICIAL - Copia

Radiographic image of the right and left temporomandibular joints in closed and open mouth. Flattening of the anterior superior and posterior superior surface of the left articular process.

7 TELEPERFIL

Patient’s lateral radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment. Rectification of the cervical spine.

8 FRONTAL

Patient’s frontal radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.

9 C7

Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine in habitual occlusion before treatment. Rectification of the cervical spine.

10 abre e fecha inicial

Patient’s computerized kinesiographic record before treatment. Patient without mouth opening restriction. Decreased closing speed, typical graph of an incisal guide that interferes with the closing trajectory.

11 RNM INICIAL DIREITA FECH

Sagittal slices of the right closed TMJ. The mandible heads presents irregularities and cortical and subcortical sclerosis. Degenerative process.

The right articular disc shows small size, change in signal intensity and degenerative morphostructural aspect. It is anteriorly displaced.

11B RNM INICIAL aberta dir

Sagittal slices of the right open TMJ. The articular disc shows small size, is anteriorly displaced WITHOUT REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

12 RNM INICIAL DIR FECH

Another sagittal internal slice of the right closed TMJ showing cortical bone irregularities. Degenerative aspect.

The articular disc shows small size, change in signal intensity and degenerative morphostructural aspect. It is anteriorly displaced, WITHOUT REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

12B RNM INICIAL aberta dir

Another sagittal slice of the right open TMJ. The articular disc shows small size, is anteriorly displaced WITHOUT REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

13 RNM INICIAL esquerda FEC

Sagittal slices of the left closed TMJ. Mild contours irregularity with rectification of the superior aspect of the mandibular condyle. The articular disc presents reduced dimensions.Alteration in orientation of the mandibular condilar axis because of traumatism in infancy. The disc is anteriorly displaced, WITH REDUCTION WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

14B RNM INICIAL esquerda aberta

Sagittal slice of the left open TMJ. THE DISC REDUCES WHEN THE MOUTH OPENS.

15 frontais iniciais

Frontal slice of the right and left temporomandibular joints, closed mouth. Note the cortical discontinuity on the right side already registered in the sagittal sections of the same side. The left side shows a medial disc deviation.

16 REGISTRO INICIAL

The masticatory muscles of the patient were electronically deprogrammed and a DIO (intraoral device) was constructed in neurophysiological position. In other publications computerized kinesiographic methods were mentioned.

In occlusion most often the healthy or pathological condition of the inter-oclusal space is not objectively considered. In this case the pathological free space of the patient is almost 7, 4 mm

16A ortese inicial so frontal

With this data and ALWAYS WITH THE INFORMATION OF THE IMAGES OBTAINED WITH THE MRI, we built a DIO (intraoral device) to keep the three-dimensionally recorded position.

One year after the beginning of neurophysiological treatment, the patient had to interrupt the treatment to undergo a spine surgery.

The patient returned 10 months after the interval, recovered from the intervention. The patient was  then again documented to assess any changes that might have happened during the interruption and the spine surgery.

17 FOTO frontal reinicio de tratamento 1

Patient’s postural comparative frontal images: before treatment and restarting therapeutic after the spine surgery.

18 FOTO PERFIL reinicio de tratamento 2

Patient’s postural profil comparative images: before treatment and restarting therapeutic after the spine surgery.

19 ORTESE REINICIO DE TRATAMENTO

The masticatory muscles of the patient were AGAIN electronically deprogrammed and NEW DIO (intraoral device) was built in neurophysiological position.

20 PANORAMICA COM ORTESE

Patient’s panoramic radiograph with the DIO (intraoral device) built in neurophysiological position.

21 LAMINOGRAFIA COM ORTESE

Patient’s right and left temporomandibular joints laminography  in closed and open mouth  with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

22 TELEPERFIL COM ORTESE

Patient’s lateral radiograph with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

23 C7 COM ORTESE

Patient’s lateral and cervical spine radiograph with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

PATIENT’S ANALYSIS AT THIS STAGE OF THE TREATMENT.

Patient with degenerative processes not only in the temporomandibular  joints but also in the cervical spine and lumbar spine which led her to surgery.

Inability to recapture of the right TMJ disk. Whereby this was an objective that was not taken into account.

Remission of symptoms and improvement of  life quality.

Physiological mandibular posture, recovery of free space interocclusal through the DIO (Intraoral device).

In this particular case even WITHOUT DISC RECAPTURE (CONDITION THAT WAS EXPLAINED IN THE DIAGNOSIS)  the patient can pass into the second phase, always taking into account that we should protect the joint during the night and during physical activity.

Each case is unique and the decision to move to a second phase also needs an individualized study.

It was decided to begin the SECOND PHASE of treatment to remove the DIO (intraoral device), keeping the neurophysiological occlusion.

26 orto 1

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

27 orto 2

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

28 orto 3

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

In this sequence the patient is still with the DIO (intraoral device)  in the mouth.

29 retirada da ortese

Removal of the DIO (intra oral device)

30 orto final

Completion of the second phase of the neurophysiological treatment in this case with a three-dimensional orthodontics. 

The second phase is here understood as the three- dimensional orthodontics, restorative, prosthetic procedures in accordance with each clinical case in order to remove the DIO, while maintaining the neurophysiological position obtained in the first phase.

31 oclusais finais

Patient’s upper and lower oclusal views after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics.

32 LAMINOGRAFIA final

Patient’s right and left temporomandibular joints laminography in closed and open mouth  in neurophysiological position after finalization of the treatment.

33 panoramica  final

Patient’s panoramic radiograph in neurophysiological occlusion in the completion of treatment. The tooth 38 that was in a horizontal and impacted position was extracted since the patient had no more symptoms of joint pain.

34 TELEPERFIL final

Patient’s lateral radiograph in neurophysiological occlusion in the completion of the second phase of neurophysiological treatment.

NOVA RESSONANCIAS FINAIS

Temporomandibular joints MRI after de finalization of the second phase.

We must remember that this is a patient with degenerative processes and impossibility of recapture of the right TMJ disc, the left disk is so damaged that it does not fulfill its function.

The patient no longer has symptoms.

The final MRI shows no worsening of the situation and in the frontal slice it shows a better three-dimensional location of the mandibular condyle and cortical improvement.

36 B radiog laterais comparativas menor

Patient’s lateral comparative radiographs: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment after the spine surgery interruption with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological occlusion and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics in neurophysiological occlusion.

35 registro COMPARATIVOS

Comparative records of mandibular rest position at the beginning of the treatment to build the DIO (intraoral device), and at the end of the second phase of the treatment (tridimensional orthodontics) to build a DIO (intraoral device) for night use.

Notice that in the beginning of the treatment the patient had a pathological interocclusal space of 7.4mm, and in the record at the end of the second phase for the nocturne DIO the patient has 3.3mm of free interocclusal space.

We have to take into account that  the free interocclusal space IS A THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE, AND WHEN WE HAVE STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE JOINTS, THE SPACE IS NOT EQUAL ON THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT SIDE.

35 iimagens comparativas de perfil

Patient’s  comparative profil postural images: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment after the spine surgery and treatment interruption with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological occlusion and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics in neurophysiological occlusion.

36 iimagens comparativas frontais

Patient’s frontal comparative postural images: at the beginning of treatment in habitual occlusion, during treatment after the spine surgery and treatment interruption with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological occlusion and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics in neurophysiological occlusion.

37 DEPOIMENTO

I had made several appointments with specialists, such as otorhinolaryngologist, dentists and maxilo-facial surgeons. However, all of them were without success and that is when I looked for Dr. Lidia to whom I reported the following symptoms.

I used to wake up every day with a lot of pain on the left side, both in the head and neck and I used to feel a rigidity on the neck and shoulder. In that time I used to take painkillers every single day in the morning. I also used to suffer of a serious problem of bruxism and because of that I wore out my front teeth, both the upper and lower teeth, and I had to restore them. I used to feel a lot of pain from the tremendous pressure that I used to make between the lower and upper part of my mouth. Another symptom was the high sensitivity on the teeth when I drank cold liquids. I felt as my ears were always blocked in such a way that my hearing decreased. I also used to hear a noise, especially on the left side, which sounded like a continuous whistle.

38 DEPOIMENTO

I also told the doctor that when I was a child I was hit with a brick, in the middle of a child’s play.

After reporting all that she asked me to make many exams and many of them were made in the MY Clinic and finally she told me that I had a problem in the TMJ. I started a treatment with her in 2011. I started to use an acrylic splint on my lower teeth day and night, all the time, taking it of only for its hygiene.

The pain that I used to feel so much decreased and in short time I did not feel it any more. Doctor Lidia had to adjust the orthotic monthly, making exams in her clinic until it reached the optimal height. On the next year from when I started the treatment I had to interrupt it for 8 or 10 months because I had to make a column surgery but I returned to the treatment as soon as I was well enough. I kept on treatment for one more year and after that I started the second part of the treatment with braces.

39 DEPOIMENTO

At the time that the treatment ended I did not need to use any more braces nor the full time orthotic. Today I need to use the orthotic only when I do physical activities and to sleep. I never again felt the horrible pain that I used to feel. I also never felt again the sensation of having blocked ears and happily the noise reduced. Today I am very happy that I do not have to take daily painkillers and that I do not have any pain. I am very grateful to doctor Lidia because she discovered and solved my problem.

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Reestablishment of the Bone Marrow Signal in a case of Avascular Necrosis of the Mandibular Head. Monitoring two years after treatment.

Preparing a new publication of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) study and investigation page, I received the new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that I requested for the patient presented in the last clinical case published.

I decided that it was high priority to publish this follow up before the next clinical case.

Recapitulating the clinical situation and the images of the patient after treatment:

The patient had remission of symptoms.

The patient had improved function and recovered the vertical dimension.

The patient had improved aesthetics (recovering the vertical dimension).

The patient had recovered the mouth opening, without presenting limitation as observed before treatment.

The patient had improved her posture.

Is important to highlight that in this case, with discs of reduced dimensions lying anteriorly displaced WITHOUT REDUCTION when the mouth opened, the goal was to decompress, to recover the vertical dimension, and to wait for the medullary signal recovery by decompression, remembering that all bacteriological and rheumatologic research was negative.

At the end of treatment the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the patient showed a MEDULAR SIGNAL IMPROVEMENT, yet still far from satisfactory recovery in terms of image, EVEN TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the improvement of symptomatology.

I will post some of the most remarkable initial MRI images before the treatment, to review the clinical case in detail enter in this link.

This publication will emphasis the images, a fundamental tool for understanding what we really can achieve beyond the patient’s clinical improvement.

Understanding the positive or negative changes in the structures affected in TMJ pathologies is critical in the comprehension of the etiology that led to the deterioration of the patient’s structures and consequently triggered the symptoms that affected the quality of life of our patients.

REMEMBERING THAT THIS IMPLIES A DIFFERENTIAL AND UNIQUE DIAGNOSIS FOR EACH CASE.

12 RNM DIREITA INICIAL

MRI: sagittal slice of the right TMJ closed mouth.

There is an irregularity of contour with reduction of the superior aspect of the mandibular condyle, the condyle is ante versioned. There is a small anterior osteophyte.

The articular disc is displaced anteriorly, when the mouth opens.

Presence of subcortical bone cysts in the anterior superior aspect of the mandibular condyle.

13 RNM  ESQ  INICIAL

MRI: sagittal slice of the left TMJ closed mouth. There is a substantial irregularity of contour of the upper portion of the mandibular condyle, with the formation of an anterior osteophyte.

There is a rectification of the articular eminence.

The disc has reduced dimensions lying anteriorly displaced when the mouth opens.

CAN BE SEEN AN IMPORTANT HIPOSSINAL COMPATIBLE WITH AVASCULAR NECROSIS.

Osteonecrosis of the mandible head corresponds to the death of bone tissue also called avascular necrosis.

The alteration in the bone marrow of the mandibular condyle is a possible source of TMJ pain.

To  remember and follow in detail all the images and description of the case report, the reader should return to the previous post.

13A RNM  ESQ  INICIAL

MRI: another sagittal slice of the left TMJ closed mouth.

There is an important  irregularity of contour of the superior aspect of the mandibular condyle and a formation of an anterior osteophyte.

There is a rectification of the articular eminence.

The disc has reduced dimensions lying anteriorly displaced WITHOUT REDUCTION when the mouth opens.

CAN BE SEEN AN IMPORTANT HIPOSSINAL COMPATIBLE WITH AVASCULAR NECROSIS.

Osteonecrosis of the mandible head corresponds to the death of bone tissue also called avascular necrosis.

The alteration in the bone marrow of the mandibular condyle is a possible source of TMJ pain.

To  remember and follow in detail all the images and description of the case report, the reader should return to the previous post.

16A  ESQ boca fechada 2013 T2

MRI:same previous sagittal slice of the left TMJ, closed mouth in T2

MRI in T2 clearly shows the ARTICULAR EFFUSION.

The differential diagnosis of TMJ effusion has a broad spectrum as the effusions in other joints in other parts of the skeleton.

 MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can give us a lot of information, not just the disc position.

To  remember and follow in detail all the images and description of the case report, the reader should return to the previous post.

CORTE FRONTAL DA ATM ESQ INICIAL ANTES DO TRATAMENTO 2

MRI, frontal section of the left TMJ, closed mouth.

CAN BE SEEN AN IMPORTANT HIPOSSINAL COMPATIBLE WITH AVASCULAR NECROSIS.

Avascular necrosis occurs when blood flow to a bone is interrupted or reduced. It can be caused by various conditions, such as bone or joint damage, PRESSURE INSIDE THE BONE and other medical conditions.

The condyle affected by avascular necrosis has low signal on T1-weighted images as a result of edematous changes in trabecular bone.

Osteonecrosis of the condylar head corresponds to the death of bone tissue, also called avascular necrosis.

 Alteration in the bone marrow of the mandibular condyle is a possible source of TMJ pain.

CORTE FRONTAL DA ATM DIR INICIAL ANTES DO TRATAMENTO

MRI, frontal section of the right TMJ closed mouth. Upper lesion in the right mandibular condyle, as described in the same sagittal slice of the same condyle as subcortical bone cysts.

To  remember and follow in detail all the images and description of the case report, the reader should return to the previous post.

In the last publication WERE POSTED THE INITIAL IMAGES BEFORE TREATMENT AND THE IMAGES AFTER TREATMENT.

IN THIS PUBLICATION I POSTED THE IMAGES COMPARING: before treatment, after treatment and TWO-YEARS FOLLOW-UP AFTER neurophysiological treatment.

FRONTAL COMPARATIVAS DIREITA 2016

T1-weighted right frontal images comparison: before treatment, after treatment and two years of follow-up after neurophysiological treatment.

We can see the improvement in the medullary signal of the left condyle and the improvement of the superior cortical bone. THE THIRD IMAGE HAS NO TRACES OF THE SUBCORTICAL LESION .

FRONTAL COMPARATIVAS ESQUERDA 2016

T1-weighted left frontal images comparison: before treatment, after treatment and two years of follow-up after neurophysiological treatment.

We can see the improvement in medullary signal of the left condyle in the central image and THE  BONE MEDULLARY RECOVERY IN THE THIRD IMAGE.

THE MANDIBULAR CONDYLE HAS A HELTHY BONE MARROW SIGNAL.

RESS COMP DIREITAS SAGITAL 2016

T1-weighted right sagittal images closed mouth comparison: before treatment, after treatment and two years of follow-up after neurophysiological treatment.

We can see the improvement of the medullary signal and cortical bone. ABSENCE OF SUBCORTICAL BONE CYSTS in the anterior superior aspect of the mandibular condyle OBSERVED IN THE FIRST IMAGE before treatment. Improvement in the cortical bone of the mandibular head.

sagitais comparativas T2

T2-weighted right sagittal images comparison: before treatment, after treatment and two years of follow-up after neurophysiological treatment.

It is clear in the first image the inflammatory signal. In the central image we can notice the improvement of the intramedullary signal and the remission of posterior effusion.

IN THE THIRD IMAGE WE CAN SEE THE TOTAL REMISSION OF THE INFLAMMATORY SIGNAL.

The patient DID NOT USE ANY ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG.

RESS COMP SAGITAL ESQ 2016

T1-weighted left sagittal images comparison: before treatment, after treatment and two years of follow-up after neurophysiological treatment.

We can see the improvement in medullary signal of the left condyle in the central image and THE  BONE MARROW RECOVERY IN THE THIRD IMAGE.

THE MANDIBULAR CONDYLE HAS A HELTHY BONE MARROW SIGNAL.

FINAL 1

All relevant images were posted, nevertheless I think it is important to highlight THIS FRONTAL RIGHT TMJ comparative image because of the MEDULLARY SIGNAL OBVIOUSNESS.

The first image before treatment and the second two years of follow-up after treatment. MEDULLARY BONE WITH AVASCULAR NECROSIS RECOVERED IN A HEALTHY MEDULLARY SIGNAL.

Avascular necrosis occurs when blood flow to a bone is interrupted or reduced. It can be caused by various conditions, such as bone or joint damage, PRESSURE INSIDE THE BONE and other medical conditions.

The differential diagnosis of the alteration in signal intensity of the mandibular condyle begins with the knowledge of the normal characteristics of medullary signal.

FINAL menor

Right and left TMJ sagittal and frontal comparative slices. Before treatment and two years of follow-up after neurophysiological treatment.

finale finale

To  remember and follow in detail all the images and description of the case report, the reader should return to the previous post.

In the previous publication the control images after two years of treatment were NOT posted.

With the application of advanced diagnostic techniques like MRI the alterations of the medullary signal from the mandibular condyle can be detected, similar to those seen in the femoral head with osteonecrosis.

The detection of effusion and bone marrow alterations is important information before the treatment.

 The information of what really we achieve after our treatments in the image beyond the clinical improvement of our patient is also substantial information.

In this case showing the improvement and recuperation of the medullar signal with the correct mandibular reposition and decompression.

The Tridimensional Neurophysiological Position of the Mandible in Implant Prosthesis Protocol

Nowadays dentistry has new resources for prosthetic resolution of patients with extensive loss of their dental pieces.

New technologies allow protocols to build prostheses where before, they would have no support solution.

Out of aesthetic recovery, essential for the patient IT IS NECESSARY to have an initial point of mandibular rest position, as these complex cases make rehabilitation more challenging.

1 frontal INICIALMale patient 54 years of age arrived to the clinic for consultation referring pain and sensation of plugged ear, especially on the left side. Also refers pain on top of the head and pain in the left shoulder.

2 PERFIL INICIALThe patient reports stiffness and pain in the back of the neck, a different sensation on the left side of the head as tingling and loss of sensibility and “blocked ear”

Refers an uncomfortable sensation in the left eye, in his words says that “the eye is sensitive”.

Refers hand tremor.

3 protese inicialThe image of the patient’s habitual occlusion shows a Class III or mandibular prognathism.

The  patient reports the prognathism  condition even before the dental loss.

When we study occlusion most of the time we do not consider if the inter-occlusal space is healthy or pathologic.

4 oclusaisPatient’s superior and inferior oclusal view.

4A questionarioWhat most encourages the patient to seek treatment was the sensation of blocked ear and his desire to resolve the issue.

The patient also relates noises when chewing and fatigue of the masticatory muscles. The patient also reported a numbness sensation near the left ear.

The patient had been medicated by another professional with muscle relaxant, but he did not feel any symptoms change.

5 PANORAMICA INICIALPatient’s initial panoramic radiograph before neurophysiological  treatment.

The patient has this protocol for more than 18 years.

The patient reported a periimplantitis history, and had no image prior to implant placement.

6 LAMINOGRAFIA INICIALPatient’s TMJ right and left laminography, closed and open mouth before neurophysiological  treatment.

7 TELERRADIOG INICIALPatient’s lateral radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.  Marked prognathic profile.

7A TELERRADIOG INICIAL LINHAMarking the aesthetic plane of  Ricketts in the lateral radiograph with the profile of the patient.

8 FRONTAL INICIALPatient’s frontal radiograph before treatment.

9 ELETROMIOGRAFIA INICIALPatient’s dynamic electromyography record in habitual occlusion before treatment.

In this dynamic record we registered the anterior right and left temporal muscles, the right and left masseter muscles, the right and left digastric muscles and the right and left upper trapezius muscles.

The right masseter muscle ALMOST CAN NOT RECRUIT MOTOR UNITS during maximum sustained  intercuspation, it can only generate 21 microvolts in the selected band.

Important asymmetry between the two masseter muscles, right and left.

10 ABERTURA E FECH INICIALPatient’s initial kinesiographic record: we can see a good speed when the mouth opens and a reduction of speed when the mouth closes.

There is no coincidence between the opening and closing trajectories in the sagittal view.

The opening movement has a propulsive closing and a lateralization in the frontal plane to the right of 8.2 mm.

11 CICLOS MASTIGATORIOS HABITUAL ANTES DO TRATThe patient’s masticatory cycles are registered with a jaw tracker. In the record of the masticatory cycles we used almonds to register chewing activity.

This post will not make a detailed analysis of this record. But it is important to note that: on the left side of the graph, even if the patient is chewing almonds on the left, THE GRAPHIC APPEARS ON THE RIGHT SIDE. This is due to mandibular torque that the patient needs to perform to chew.

11ARNMMRI: left and right TMJ closed mouth.  I chose this slice to show important asymmetry between the right and left side.

The left side shows a posterior dislocation of the articular disc. There is NO ARTICULAR DISC on the right side, is IMPORTANT TO MARK THIS, since in several posts I emphasized the importance of recapturing the disks when possible, (IN THIS CASE I CAN NOT RECAPTURE A STRUCTURE THAT DOES NOT EXIST).

In this particular case the request of resonance is part of the protocol to obtain fundamental information in the formulation of diagnosis.

Different slice and parameters do not show bone edema or other information requiring different interventions within the treatment.

The goal in this particularly case  will be the three-dimensional repositioning of the jaw, TO RECOVER the neurophysiological function, which should be widely understood, so that the muscles, temporomandibular joints and teeth and prostheses could work in balance.

12 JAW TRACKER BIOPACKTo determine the neurophysiological three-dimensional position of the jaw, even in cases of extensive rehabilitations we have to consider the physiological position of the mandibular rest.

The masticatory muscles of the patient were deprogrammed electronically and a resting neurophysiological position was recorded.

The patient has a PATHOLOGICAL FREE WAY SPACE OF 7.2 mm. Maintaining the physiological 2 mm we still have more than five mm discrepancy, to be recovered tridimensionally.

The jaw also presents a retro position of almost two mm and a deflection at closing of 0.5 to the left side.

13 DENTES COM ORTESEWith this data and ALWAYS WITH THE IMAGES INFORMATION, we constructed a DIO (intraoral device) to keep the three-dimensionally recorded position.

This device must be tested electromyographically to objectively measure the patient.

13BTELERRADIOG COM DIOPatient’s lateral radiograph with the DIO in neurophysiological position.

13CTELERRADIOG COM DIO LINHAMarking the aesthetic plane of  Ricketts in the lateral radiograph with the DIO in neurophysiological position.

The DIO is an orthopedic device, recorded and controlled electromyographically. The DIO (intraoral device) is used to support, align and ameliorate deformities in order to improve the functions of the jaw, temporomandibular joints and the muscles.

14 ELETROMIOGRAFIAS COM o DIOPatient SEMG record with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological position built above the patient’s prosthesis.

We can note the improvement of the right masseter muscle activity. Before the treatment the right masseter muscle could not recruit motor units.

15 ELETROMIOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVASComparison of the SEMG records: before the treatment in habitual occlusion and with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological position built above the patient’s denture.

WE MUST CONSIDER that years of muscle accommodation and the central nervous system engrams cannot be modified with a first orthotic or DIO

That’s why the DIO should be adapted, changed, and recalibrated to follow dimensional changes that will happen when muscles are aligned.

16 ABERTURA E FECH COM O DIOPatient’s kinesiographic record after neurophysiological treatment.

Significant improvement in the opening and closing trajectories.

The closure no longer has a propulsive trajectory.

The lateralization which was 8.2 mm was reduced to 2 mm.

17 ABERTURA E FECH COMPARATIVOSPatient’s kinesiographic records comparison:  before treatment in the habitual occlusion and with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological position constructed above the patient’s prosthesis.

18 CICLOS MASTIGATORIOS COM DIOPatient’s masticatory cycles after the neurophysiological treatment.

In this graph the left side chewing appears on the left side as it corresponds.

In the previous graph before treatment in habitual occlusion, the left side chewing graphic appeared on the right side due to mandibular torque.

19 CICLOS MASTIGATORIOS SEM E COM DIOComparative chewing cycles of the patient: before treatment and after neurophysiological treatment.

20 LAMINOGRAFIA COM O DIOPatient’s TMJ right and left lamiography, closed and open mouth in neurophysiological occlusion after treatment.

21 LAMINOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVASPatient’s TMJ right and left lamiography, closed and open mouth comparison: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

22 PANORAMICA COM ORTESEPatient’s panoramic radiograph after the neurophysiological treatment.

23 PANORAMICAS COMPARATIVASPatient’s panoramic radiograph comparison: before treatment and after the neurophysiological treatment.

24 frontal comparativosPatient’s frontal comparative images: before and after neurophysiological treatment.

25 perfis comparativosPatient’s lateral comparative images: before and after neurophysiological treatment.

26B LATERAIS COMPARATIVAS LINHA  Comparing the profile radiographs and the aesthetic profiles

And here, the words of Confucius: A picture is worth a thousand words.

27 Patient testimonyI lived for a long time with discomfort that sometimes manifested itself by a feeling of numbness and sometimes by headaches.

I could not identify the cause; although I repeatedly searched for expert help.

On the recommendation of my sister and my sister in law who were being treated by Dr. Lidia I consulted her and started a treatment which lasted a long period, getting excellent results and today I feel good without the symptoms that hindered me so much.

I appreciate the commitment and dedication of Dr. Lidia and her team.

TMJ Pathologies in Children and Teenagers the Overlooked Diagnosis

The work that is been presented in this publication won the third place in the clinical table presentation in the congress of the IAO (International Association for Orthodontics) April 2012, entitled – TMJ Pathologies in Children and Teenagers, the Overlooked Diagnosis.

At the same congress I presented a more extensive conference on the mentioned subject.

I presented this paper at a congress that bring together orthodontists and orthopedists from around the world. The intention was to make them aware about TMJ pathologies in children and teenagers even in cases apparently simples that we can see in our clinics, where the TMJ can be compromised.The evaluation of the TMJ and the diagnosis of its pathologies should be an inseparable part of our procedures, not only in orthodontics and orthopedics but in all areas of dentistry.

I had presented in this page several cases with the first and second phases completed.

In this publication I WILL PRESENT ONLY THE FIRS PHASEas it was presented in the clinical table and in the lecture.

Nowadays the patient is already in an advanced stage of the second phase.

THE IMPORTANT SUBJECT  IN THIS PUBLICATION IS THE STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS ACHIEVED IN THIS FIRST PHASE.

1 Female patient, 14 years of age comes to consultation with complaints of pain in the lower teeth, shoulder pain and TMJ clicking on the left side.

Aesthetic correction is an important issue  for the patient, but she and her mother were also  concerned with the  pain in the lower teeth and the noise generated by the click. 

2 dentes The occlusion of the patient suggests a case without major difficulty, a simple case.

In this case could be very easy to evaluate and diagnose the need for superior expansion for the accommodation and advancement of the mandible, and afterwards the vertical deficiency.3 oclusais Often when we analyze a case for orthodontic correction, we can list the possible etiological factors that led the patient to this situation.

When evaluating a functional failure we must take into account ALL THE ETIOLOGIC FACTORS INVOLVED IN THIS DYSFUNCTION.4 panoramica Patient’s initial panoramic radiograph before treatment.5 lateral cervical Patient’s initial lateral and cervical spine radiograph before treatment.

Besides the rectification of the cervical spine we can notice the start of an inversion of the physiological curvature from C4.6 frontalPatient’s initial frontal radiograph before treatment.7 cefalometria Cephalometry is a very important part in the diagnosis and correction of clinical cases, both in orthodontics as in orthopedics, BUT it is not an exam to show pathology of temporomandibular joints.8 laminografiaThe laminography of the temporomandibular joints in closed and open mouth is considered as the panoramic radiograph for the temporomandibular joints.

It cannot be compared to a CT scan of the temporomandibular joints, but it is a basic examination for the first information on TMJ.8 laminografia corIn this same image with color highlight, we can appreciate the retroposition of the left TMJ, the change in the growth axis of this same side and the loss of joint space on both sides.

The patient reports a traumatism when she was child “I hit the neck, near to the chin, playing on the bedside table”.9 ampliação laminografiaLaminography image magnification with highlight color, closed mouth, right and left side.10 ampliação laminografiaThis image magnification from the temporomandibular joints in closed mouth; right and left sides, DOES NOT SHOW THE ARTICULAR DISC CONDITION NOR THE LIGAMENTS.12 ressonancia When the patient comes for consultation with some sort of dysfunction, the professional treatment should be directed to the restoration of normal function, when possible.

To know what normal function is, we must understand that ANATOMY IS THE PLATFORM WHERE PHYSIOLOGY PERFORMS.

13 ressonancia It is necessary to know the functional anatomy of any part of our body to understand the physiopathology of any part of our body.

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MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment:

Mild irregularity of the bone cortical.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

REMEMBER: THIS IS THE TMJ of a 14-year-old teenager.

She had no crepitation NOR PAIN IN the TMJ, only a click.

I have often read different views of colleagues expressing that the image information knowledge would not change anything, since it would not alter the procedures to be followed in the treatment.

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MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment;

Other slice of the same MRI:

MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment:

Mild irregularity of the bone cortical.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

REMEMBER: THIS IS THE TMJ of a 14-year-old teenager.

She had no crepitation NOR PAIN IN the TMJ, only a click.

I have often read different views of colleagues expressing that the image information knowledge would not change anything, since it would not alter the procedures to be followed in the treatment.

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MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment:

Other slice of the same MRI:

MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment:

Mild irregularity of the bone cortical.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

REMEMBER: THIS IS THE TMJ of a 14-year-old teenager.

She had no crepitation NOR PAIN IN the TMJ, only a click.

I have often read different views of colleagues expressing that the image information knowledge would not change anything, since it would not alter the procedures to be followed in the treatment.

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MRI: patient’s right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

MRI: patient’s right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Superior flattening, anterior marginal osteofhyte.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

REMEMBER: THIS IS THE TMJ of a 14-year-old teenager.

She had no crepitation NOR PAIN IN the TMJ, only a click.

I have often read different views of colleagues expressing that the image information knowledge would not change anything, since it would not alter the procedures to be followed in the treatment.

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MRI: patient’s right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Other slice of the same MRI:

MRI: patient’s right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Superior flattening, anterior marginal osteofhyte.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

REMEMBER: THIS IS THE TMJ of a 14-year-old teenager.

She had no crepitation NOR PAIN IN the TMJ, only a click.

I have often read different views of colleagues expressing that the image information knowledge would not change anything, since it would not alter the procedures to be followed in the treatment.

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When the patient comes to our clinic with some sort of dysfunction the treatment should be directed to the restoration of normal function.

How could this professional succeed if he  doesn not understand what is a normal function.

Remember ANATOMY IS THE PLATFORM WHERE PHYSIOLOGY PERFORMS.

When a patient like this, presents damage in the cortical bone and also in the articular disc and its ligaments, the question should be: CAN I IMPROVE THIS SITUATION?

If the answer is positive, it is important to document it in an objective way, in order to inform the colleagues that are always eager to learn and are not afraid to change paradigms. IF WE CAN NOT IMPROVE THIS SITUATION because of the sequels of different etiologies, we need to analise if we can improve our patient’s life quality and we also must inform the patient about the difficulties and limitations of each case.

22 Remember that systemic diseases, traumatism, infections, damage to the site of growth, muscle balance disruption, can have a profound influence on the craniofacial complex during this critical growth phase.23 eletromiografia inicial Initial dynamic electromyography record in habitual occlusion. We ask to the patient to open the mouth, clench strong and swallow. In this record we can observe that the patient cannot maintain the strength in clenching, even that she was instructed to close the mouth and not to open before we ask her to do that.24 registro magnetografico Her masticatory muscles where electronically deprogrammed and a bite record  in neurophysiological position was registered using a jaw tracker.

Remember that the information obtained from the images and that the  individualized objectives for each clinical case should always be taken into account in the bite registration.

The patient had a pathological free space of 4.3 mm and a retro position of 2.1 mm

This record is three-dimensional.

25 DIOWith this data we can construct a DIO (intraoral device). This device must be tested electromiographically to represent the ideal position of the muscles.26 eletromiografia DIO Dynamic electromyography record with the intraoral device in neurophysiological position. In this record we can see that the patient can maintain the strength of the bite, and that she increased the strenght of the masseters  and balanced  both digastric.27 ELETROS COMPARATIVAS Comparison of the SEMG records of the patient, the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the intraoral device in neurophysiological position.28 perfil comparativas Standing posture (orthostatic position) right side, sagittal plane:

Trunk antepulsion position improved;

Improvement of the shoulder anterior rotation;

It seems that the shoulder blades are flat, more neutral;

In the first photograph, in habitual occlusion, it can be observed a rectification of  the physiological curvature in the cervical spine. On the second photograph we can see an improvement of the physiological curvature.

The head position is more balanced, closer to the proper alignment of the center of gravity where the neck flexors seem to be less contracted.

30 c7 comparativasPatient’s lateral and cervical spine comparison: in habitual occlusion and in neurophysiological occlusion.

Improvement  of the cervical spine physiological curve.

Increase of the  intervertebral spaces.31 comparativas do perfil Patient’s lateral radiographs with the profile comparison: in habitual occlusion and in neurophysiological occlusion.

Recovery of the lower facial height.32 lamino comparativas TMJ laminographies comparison: in habitual occlusion and in neurophysiological occlusion. Observe the decompression of the  temporomandibular joints.33 lamino comparativas COR In the same image with color highlight, we can better observe the decompression of the temporomandibular joints and compare it with the laminography in habitual occlusion.34 lamino comparativas COR AMPLIADAS Comparative images of TMJ laminographies magnification: in habitual occlusion and neurophysiological occlusion. Right and left TMJ, closed mouth.35 lamino comparativas COR AMPLIADAS PROVISORIASLaminography image magnification with highlight color, closed mouth. Right  and left TMJ in neurophysiological position.

This image, EVEN THAT IT IS SHOWING THE JOINT DECOMPRESSION, DOES NOT PROVE THE ARTICULAR DISC RECAPTURE, NOR PROVES THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE IRREGULARITIES ON THE CORTICAL BONE OBSERVED IN THE INITIAL PATIENT’S MRI.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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Comparative MRI images, left TMJ closed mouth, after the first phase of the treatment

Observe the good relation between the mandible head and the articular disc.

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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Comparative MRI images, left TMJ closed mouth, after the first phase of the treatment.

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment

Observe the good relation between the mandible head and the articular disc.

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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MRI: patient’s left TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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Comparative MRI images, left TMJ closed mouth, after the first phase of the treatment.

Observe the good relation between the mandible head and the articular disc.

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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MRI: patient’s right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

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Comparative MRI images, right TMJ closed mouth, after the first phase of the treatment.

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.Observe the good relation between the mandible head and the articular disc.

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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MRI: patient’s right TMJ closed mouth before treatment.

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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Comparative MRI images, right TMJ closed mouth, after the first phase of the treatment.

Observe the good relation between the mandible head and the articular disc.

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

Nowadays the patient is already in an advanced stage of the second phase.

In this image we have a third MRI that was not presented at the IAO Congress.

The structures continue to improve.

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Right TMJ closed mouth sagittal slices comparison: initial, after the first phase of treatment and in the control of the second phase still not completed.

 In this image we have a third MRI that was not presented at the IAO Congress.

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Left TMJ closed mouth sagittal slices comparison: initial, after the first phase of treatment and in the control of the second phase still not completed.

The structures continue to improve.

The evaluation of the TMJ and the diagnosis of its pathologies should be an inseparable part of our procedures, not only in orthodontics and orthopedics but in all areas of dentistry.

We need to know:

Has the TMJ  a pathologic condition?

If positive, which structures are damaged?

How this condition can influence the joint  function and  the future of the patien’s joint?

Do I have the possibilty to give to the patient the condition to heal the damaged structures or to improve them?

The target is to bring this structures the closer we can to a healthy function, when possible.

Is this always possible? OF COURSE NOT, but when  it is possible, the structures must be repaired.

Logically, differential diagnosis allow us a prognosis: favorable or not. favorable.

NOT ALL THE ARTHROPATHIES WILL HAVE THE RESULT WE HAD IN THIS CASE, BUT PROGNOSIS IS ALSO A PIECE IN THE INITIAL DIAGNOSIS that must include all the systems involved.

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

I had been showing clinical cases in the page lidiayavich.com  and in several groups. Some of them with rehabilitation and with tridimensional orthodontics, always after treating the TMJ.

In this post I’m not going to show all the sequence of the patient. I have  the intention to show the improvement of the signal of the MEDULLAR OF THE CONDYLE that had presented osteonecrosis.

Anamnesis and clinical inspection are a fundamental part in the  diagnosis of the patient that presents TMJ pathology.

Images are primordial when we study any sinovial joint, unfortunately I see patients with valuable information in their images that were told that those are just occasional findings.

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can give a lot of information and not only the disk position information. Logically is necessary to know what to do with that information.

Osteonecrosis of the mandibular head corresponds to a death of the osseous tissue, also called avascular necrosis.

 Alteration in the bone marrow of the mandibular condyle is a possible cause of TMJ pain.

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MRI: T 1 closed sagittal rightTMJ before treatment.

Avascular necrosis in the acute phase can be diagnosed only through MRI imaging or biopsy.

The differential diagnosis of altered signal intensity in the mandibular condyle starts with an awareness of its normal signal characteristics.

This condyle has also a severe irregularity on the superior pole, with loss of substance, but in this post I want to analyze the bone marrow signal. Of course, in a diagnosis we need to consider all the information.

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MRI: T1 closed sagittal rightTMJ before treatment.

Avascular necrosis occurs when blood flow to a bone is interrupted or reduced, which may be caused by several conditions, like joint or bone injury, pressure inside the bone, medical conditions, among others.

A condyle affected by avascular necrosis displays low signal intensity on T1 weighted images as a result of edematous changes in the cancellous bone.

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MRI: T2 closed sagital rightTMJ before treatment.

The differential diagnosis of effusions in the TMJ has a broad-spectrum as of joint effusions in other skeletal regions.

A MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) can give a lot of information and not only the disk position. In this case THE PATIENT HAS NO DISK.

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The same sagittal slice of the condyle in T1 and T2. Image A shows osteonecrosis of the head of the mandible and image C shows the articular effusion.

The patient complained from severe pain in the TMJ, headache, and pain on the back of the neck.

The patient had a major trauma history in the jaw in adolescence. She had rheumatic fever in childhood.

 We referred her to a rheumatologist, and in that moment she did not present positive results for inflammatory systemic disease.

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

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Comparing T1  images: A (before the treatment) and B (after the treatment): we can see the improvement and recovery of the the medullar signal. Improvement of the superior cortical of the mandibular head. 

The differential diagnosis and the systemic condition of the patient must be taken in account for the prognosis of the case.

2B Comparing T2  images: C (before the treatment) and D (after the treatment).It is clear in the first one (C) the inflammatory signal and in the other (D) the remission of the effusion.

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Comparing T1 images (A and B) we can see the improvement and recovery of the  medullar signal and the superior cortical of the mandibular head. In T2 weightened images (C and D) it  is clear (in C) the inflammatory signal and in the other (in D) the remission of the effusion.

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One year after the second image, a new control was solicited, and the results were even better.

In this case  I decided  NOT TO GO forward to a second phase.  Diagnosis is essential for each case.  Dentistry need to understand like Medicine do, that we have limitations and if a patient needs to live with an orthotic  it is not the end of the world.

We have patients that are going to live with insulin all their life, or with other medicines that are saving their lives or just improving their life quality.
Therefore, diagnosis is essential and for that all the tools that can help to get there are welcome.