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.

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.

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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 in both ears and DECREASE OF HEARING IN BOTH EARS.

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

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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.

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

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Patient’s initial panoramic radiograph

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Retrognathic profile and rectification of the cervical spine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Even a decompressed joint, takes time to recover

Some structural lesions can be recovered, but  OTHERS CANNOT.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

TMJ Pathologies Treatment: Patient with Severe Headaches and Temporomandibular Joint Pain with Significant Contour Irregularities in the Mandibular Condyle and Mouth Opening Limitation.

In several publications of this page I have presented patients of different ages, different gender and different pathologies of the temporomandibular joints.

This is the second case report about a patient with prosthetic protocols built on implants.

I call once again the importance of  the attention in the diagnosis of temporomandibular joints pathologies and mandibular position as a key part of any procedure in dentistry.

1 FOTO INIC FRONTAL

Female patient 54 years old arrived to the clinic for consultation with severe headache complaints, pain in the temporomandibular joints, pain in the cervical spine, sore shoulders, ear pain, feeling of clogged ears and crepitation in both temporomandibular joints.

2 FOTO INICIAL PERFIL

The patient was referred by her dentist who performed the treatment of implants and prosthetics, rehabilitating the patient, but without being able to relieve the pain that afflicted her.

2A MARCAÇÃO DA DOR

Part of the questionnaire completed by the patient.

The patient reports daily pain.

FUNCTIONS THAT AGGRAVATE HER PAIN:

Mastication

Opening the mouth

Laughing

Yawning

The patient also refers back pain and numbness and tingling in the arms and fingers.

Refers that she wakes up with body aches.

3 DENTES INIC PROT FRONTAL

Patient habitual occlusion on the day of consultation.

The patient had fixed prostheses supported on implants on the lower jaw and a removable upper protocol supported on implants on the maxilla.

4 OCLUSAIS INICIAL PROTPatient’s superior and inferior oclusal view of the prostheses supported on implants on the day of consultation.

5 DENTE INICIAL SEM PROT

Image of the oral cavity of the patient without the upper prosthesis.

6 OCLUSAIS INIC SEM PROT

Patient’s superior and inferior oclusal view without the superior prostheses.

7 PANORAMICA INICIAL

Patient’s initial panoramic radiograph before treatment with the prosthesis in the habitual occlusion before treatment.

Presence of 4 metallic implants in the maxilla 2 on the right side and 2 on the left side; and 5 implants in the anterior mandible region.

8 LAMINOGRAFIA INCIAL

Patient’s TMJ right and left laminography, closed and open mouth: posterior positioning of the articular processes in the joint cavities when the jaw is in maximum intercuspation position.

9 TELE PERFIL INICIAL

Patient’s lateral radiograph with prosthesis in habitual occlusion.

10 C7 INICIAL

Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine with prosthesis in habitual occlusion before treatment.

Alterations of the cervical spine, loss of physiological lordosis and loss of intervertebral spaces especially between the vertebrae C4, C5 and C6.cefalometria 2013 ingles

Ricketts cephalometric analysis before treatment with prostheses in habitual occlusion.

FACTORES CEF ANTESSS

Values of point A convexity and lower facial height before treatment.

11 FRONTAL INICIAL

Frontal radiograph of the patient with the prosthesis in habitual occlusion.

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, WITHOUT REDUCTION 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 WITHOUT REDUCTION when the mouth opens.

Can be seen an important hipossinal compatible with avascular necrosis.

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.

16A  ESQ boca fechada 2013 T2

MRI in T2 clearly shows the joint 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.

14  RNM FRONTAIS INICIAIS DIR E ESQ-Recuperado

MRI, frontal section of the right and left 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.

In the slice of the mandibular head on the left side 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.

14 SERIE DE RESS DIR FECHADA 2013

Sagittal sections of the right TMJ, closed mouth before the treatment.

There were previously posted to highlight the images I find most relevant, but also this series are registered.

14 SERIE DE RESS DIR ABERTA 2013

MRI,sagittal sections of the right TMJ, open mouth before the treatment. There is a limitation on opening of the mandibular condyle.

15  SERIE DE RESS ESQ FECH 2013

MRI, sagittal sections of the left TMJ, closed mouth before the treatment.

There were previously posted to highlight the images I find most relevant, but also this series are registered.

15 SERIE DE RESS ESQ ABERTA 2013

MRI,sagittal sections of the left TMJ, open mouth before the treatment. There is a limitation on opening of the mandibular condyle.

16 series ESQ boca fechada 2013 T2

MRI, T2 sagittal sections of the left TMJ, closed mouth before the treatment.

There were previously posted to highlight the image I find most relevant, but also this series are registered.

Serial in T2 clearly showing the joint effusion.

Tests were done on the patient to investigate systemic inflammatory disease, which were all negative.

It was also investigated chlamydia trachomatis infections, mycoplasma pneumoniae infections and beta hemolytic streptococcus infections , results in this case were also negative.

It was also investigated the functioning of the thyroid.

17 REGISTRO CINECIOGRAFICO INICIAL

The masticatory muscles of the patient were electronically deprogrammed and 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 free space of the pathological patient is almost 7 mm and a retro position 0 8 mm.

18 DIO SOBRE A PROTESES

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

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

19 CONTROLE DA ORTESE

It is essential to control the DIO (intra oral device) as the patient is treated and the mandible is repositioned.

In this case the control still shows us the need for recalibration of the DIO (intraoral device)

19 PANORAMICA COMPARATIVA

Comparative panoramic radiographs: before treatment and after neurophysiological treatment.

20 FRONTAIS COMPARATIVAS

Patient’s frontal radiographs comparison: with the prosthesis in habitual occlusion and the DIO intraoral device built on the prosthesis.

20 LAMINOGRAFIA COMPARATIVAS

Right and left temporomandibular joints laminographies, closed and open mouth comparison: with the prosthesis in habitual occlusion and with the DIO intraoral device built on the prosthesis.

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Ricketts cephalometric analysis after treatment with the DIO constructed on the prostheses in neurophysiological occlusion.

FACTORES CEF APOSSS

Values of point A convexity and lower facial height after treatment.

21 PERFIS COMPARATIVOS

Patient’s lateral radiographs comparison: with the prosthesis in habitual occlusion and with the DIO built on the prosthesis in neurophysiological position.

The DIO (intra oral device) is used to support, align and correct deformities in order to improve the functions of the jaw, temporomandibular joints and the muscles that move both. This device should be checked and recalibrated as the records indicate the need for modification.

21A PERFIS COMPARATIVOS

Comparison of aesthetic Ricketts plane in lateral radiograph with prosthesis in habitual occlusion and the DIO constructed on the prosthesis in neurophysiological position.

21 RNM COMPARATIVAS ESQ SAGITAL

Comparison of T1-weighted images: before treatment and after treatment: we can see the improvement in medullary signal.

26 comparativas ESQ boca fechada 2013 e 2014T2

Comparison of T2-weighted images: before and after treatment. It is clear in the first image the inflammatory signal and in the other image the improvement of the intramedullary signal and the remission of posterior effusion.

22 RNM Comparativas direita sagital

Comparison of T1-weighted images: before treatment and after treatment, we can see the improvement in medullary signal and improvement of the cortical bone.

23 RNM Comparativas direita FRONTAL

Frontal T1-weighted images comparison, before and after treatment treatment: we can see the improvement of the upper lesion on the right mandibular condyle.

24 RNM Comparativas ESQUERDA FRONTAL

Frontal T1-weighted images comparison, before and after treatment: we can see the improvement in medullary signal and improvement of the cortical bone of the left mandibular condyle.

25 SERIE DE RESS DIR ABERTA 2013 e 2014 COMPARATIVAS

Comparative sagittal sections of the right TMJ open mouth, before and after treatment.

Notice the mandibular condyles WITHOUT LIMITATION IN OPENING  in relation to the limitation that had before treatment.

25 A SERIE DE RESS ESQ ABERTA 2013 e 2014 COMPARATIVAS

Comparative sagittal sections of the left TMJ open mouth, before and after treatment.

Notice the mandibular condyles WITHOUT LIMITATION IN OPENING  in relation to the limitation that had before treatment.

COMPARATIVAS FRONTAIS POSTURAIS

Patient’s postural frontal comparative images before and after treatment.

COMPARATIVAS POSTURAIS PERFIL

Patient’s  postural profile comparative images  before and after treatment.

27 CEF COMPARATIVAS ingles

Ricketts cephalometric analysis before and after neurophysiological treatment.

COMPARAÇAO DOS FATORES

Skeletal problems in Ricketts cephalometric analysis before and after treatment.

28 DEPOIMENTO

“Headache (already when waking up in the morning), tiredness sensation at the cheekbones, strong tensing at the shoulders and neck, “clicks” at the temporomandibular joint, ear pain… consequently I also felt irritation, indisposition, stress etc.

All of that is something I had to live with for a long time. The investigations made on me always resulted in palliative measures that mitigated the problem for a short time.

I passed through implants and placement of prostheses which even without having (those measurements) the aim of healing this malaise I still had the hope that it would: but the relief only worked for a short period of time. Finally, by indication of my dentist, I arrived at Clinic MY starting then the TMJ treatment. Shortly after the start of the treatment the symptoms started to fade.

I am very thankful for the professionalism and dedication that I found there. Today, feeling better, I go back there for periodic evaluations and also to have the opportunity of thanking  once more.”

Postural Improvement in a Patient after Neuromuscular Physiological Mandible Repositioning Treatment. Patient with Scoliosis Surgery and Craniomandibular Symptomatology

The interrelationship between mandibular posture, occlusion and body posture is a topic covered by different health professionals.

When we speak of occlusion we do not mean only the relationship between the dental arches but we are also referring to the balance between teeth, muscles and temporomandibular joint in connection with all the postural scheme. In that way we can see and analyze patient as a whole.

This clinical case report describes a patient who came to the clinic for consultation after a scoliosis surgery, with craniomandibular symptoms and loss of vertical dimension.

Scoliosis is a three-dimensional structural deformation of the spine.

Idiopathic scoliosis is probably multi aetiological

The prevalence of the association between scoliosis and craniofacial anomalies should stimulate multidisciplinary collaboration on treating these patients, especially when we have an early diagnosis.

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Patient narrative: brief history of the surgery:

When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis, after being noticed with a deformation on the back. Several medical experts were consulted and they stated the same diagnosis, however none of them could tell the causes, and they added that it could be related  to a malformation, some `trauma` in the growth phase, maybe being a hereditary problem.

“My mother noticed that the left side of my back was higher than the right side. In this period I also had frequently faints. Therefore, tests were performed, such as blood tests, electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram. They did not present any alteration”

“Concerned about the situation we consulted an orthopedic surgeon who ordered the realization of a panoramic X-ray of the spine. That test  showed a lumbar scoliosis of 25 degrees, for which the doctor recommended physical therapy.”

1 B JANELA

Panoramic radiographs of the spine were photographed on a glass of the window on day light, that’s why we can observe elements of the landscape.

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Cervicothoracic  Scoliosis. Left convexity, Cobb angle of 25 degrees. No significant pelvic difference.

“Initially, with about 25 degrees of curvature, I did physical therapy sessions and follow-up for a month.”

“I also used an insole ( which I stopped using it  because I did not perceive results and I felt no need) at the time I was also treating a cross bite.”

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Thoracic-lumbar scoliosis, left convexity, C0bb angle of 44 degrees. Accentuation of lumbar lordosis difference of the femoral heads of 3 mm.

“Clinical tests revealed that the curvature had evolved progressively to more than the double in size, reaching approximately 45 degrees. At the time, the proposed solution was the use of a neck vest in order to curb this trend.”

4-11-2004  3

X-rays taken for scoliosis treatment control with orthopedic brace.

“The vest was being used 22 hours per day, and it was also recommended swimming lessons for greater flexibility and aid in respiration in case of surgery.”

“During this period, there was a monitoring and vest readjustment in every month.”

“Finally, this alternative was not efficient enough, as the bending progressed to 64 degrees.”

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X-rays taken for scoliosis treatment control with orthopedic brace.

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“Thus, according to doctors, we reached the surgical case.”

At my 16 years old, I had the surgery on my spine. The recovery was gradual, nonetheless restfull. The pains, which were always absent, were felt not often in the hip area and legs. The bend in my spine regressed to 19 degrees.”

CONTROL REPORT OF COLUMN XR PANORAMIC SPINAL AFTER SURGERY:

Radiographic examination performed for surgical treatment control of Thoracic-lumbar scoliosis, left convexity fixed by metal screws and rods.

“After a year, I was released to engage in any sport mode, which until then I was forbidden to practice.”

REASON FOR THE CONSULTATION AT CLINIC MY:

“After dental treatment (crossbite) with another professional, mainly due to a shift in the cervical spine that I had tried to fix at the same time – but I did not had  another solution unless the surgery, which had already been completed – I was guided to proceed with Dra. Lidia, also to investigate the relationship between the two cases, so far no connection, the dental arch and the cervical spine. ”

“Following the derivation, I met Dr. Lidia to whom I presented my case, including the surgery of the spine, which led her to investigate the links that could be  cause and consequence of the whole problematic. After many conversations and clarifications I surrendered to the treatment.”

1The patient arrived to the clinic for consultation after a spine surgery, complaining of headache, frequent fatigue, pain behind the eyes, pain in the shoulders and clenching.

2 perfil direito e esquerdo

Patient’s postural photographs of right and left profile after the spine surgery before the neurophysiological treatment.

3 frente e costas

Patient’s frontal and back postural photographs after the spine surgery before the neurophysiological treatment.

4d locais da dor

Part of the medical record where the patient marks the points where feels pain.

5 DENTES INICIAISPatient’s habitual occlusion on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

6 oclusais iniciaisPatient’s superior and lower oclusal view on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

7 panoramica inicial

Patient’s panoramic radiograph on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment, before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

Remodeling apical teeth 11,21,22,33,43 compatible with orthodontic movement.

8 laminografia inicial

Patient’s temporomandibular joint laminography in habitual occlusion, closed and open mouth, both sides on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment, before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

Asymmetrical head of the mandible: the left one with a facet in the posterior surface and a change of orientation in the vertical axis.

9 teleperfil inicial

Patient’s lateral radiograph in habitual occlusion on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment, before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

Note the beginning of the cervical curvature inversion at C4 level.

10 FRONTAL

Patient’s frontal radiograph in habitual occlusion on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment, before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

Note the loss of vertical dimension.

11 C7

Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine in habitual occlusion on the day of consultation after spine surgery and the completion of orthodontic treatment, before the neurophysiological mandibular repositioning.

Note the the cervical curvature inversion at C4 level.

11 RESS DIR 1 BOCA FECHADA

MRI of the right TMJ:

Sagittal section, closed mouth; there is an anteversion of the mandibular condyle, discrete rectification of its anterosuperior portion.

11 RESS DIR 2 BOCA FECHADA

MRI of the right TMJ:

Sagittal section, closed mouth; there is an anteversion of the mandibular condyle, discrete rectification of its anterosuperior portion.

Mild cortical irregularity of the anterior-posterior edge of the condyle.

11 RESS ESQ  1 BOCA FECHADA

MRI of the left TMJ:

Sagittal section, closed mouth; there is an anteversion of the mandibular condyle, discrete rectification of its anterosuperior portion.

11 RESS ESQ  2 BOCA FECHADA

MRI of the left TMJ:

Sagittal section, closed mouth; there is an anteversion of the mandibular condyle, discrete rectification of its anterosuperior portion.

Traumatism history reported by the patient

1 – Fall off a wall of approximately 1.50m tall. She fell on her back hitting the back of the head on the ground.

2- Sudden braking in the car. She was pushed against the windshield, but was held by her father.

3 – Bicycle fall. The pacient was taking a ride on the rack of a friend bycicle when she fell and and hits the mouth on the floor.

11A eletromiografia dinãmica habitualPatient’s electromyography record in habitual occlusion. Asymmetry between the right and left temporal muscles and asymmetry between the masseter muscles.

The most important thing in this case is the greater activity of the temporalis  muscles in relation to the masseter muscles. Remember that the muscles that must recruit more motor units in maximum intercuspation are the masseters and not the temporalis muscles.

12 registro neurofisiológico

Mandibular rest neurophysiological position record.

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

The patient had a pathological free way space of 5 mm and a shift to the right of 1,5 mm.

With the data obtained after the mandibular electronic deprogramming and ALWAYS WITH THE INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE IMAGES, a DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position was constructed.

13 DENTES ORTESE

DIO: Intraoral Device constructed in neurophysiological position.

14 ELETROMIOGRAFIA  controle da ortese

Electromyography dynamic record of the patient with the DIO built in neurophysiological position.

In the first selection we can already observe a symmetry between the anterior temporalis muscles.

In the last selection with cotton rolls on both sides it can be observed an improvement in the recruitment of motor units in the masseters muscles and even lower recruitment in the anterior temporalis muscles. Remember that the DIO (Intraoral Device) is tested and calibrated  with Bioinstrumentation.

14A controle da ortese

Kinesiographic control of the DIO. Freeway interocclusal space of 2.6 mm and shows no deviation on the frontal record.

15 FRONTAIS COMPARATIVASFrontal radiographs comparison: the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position. Improvement on the three-dimensional jaw alignment.

We cannot fix the structural differences of the mandibular condyles, but we can balance the muscles.

16RX  laterais COMPARATIVASLateral radiographs comparison: the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

17 C7 COMPARATIVAS

Lateral and cervical spine radiographs comparison: the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

18 LAMINOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVAS

Patient’s TMJ laminographies comparison: the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

19 RADIOGRAFIAS PANORAMICAS COMPARATIVAS

Patient’s panoramic radiographs comparison: the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

20 ress COMP dir  1 e 2Right TMJ sagittal section, closed mouth comparison: before treatment in habitual occlusion and with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

21 ress COMP ESQ  1 e 2

Left TMJ sagittal section, closed mouth comparison: before treatment in habitual occlusion and with the DIO (Intraoral device) in neurophysiological position.

22D Comparativas de perfil com e sem ortese

Patient’s postural profile comparative images in habitual occlusion before the treatment, in the beginning of the treatment wearing the DIO (Intraoral Device) and as we can see in the third photograph) in the stage that alouds us to perform the second phase of the treatment with a tridimensional orthodontics.

23 DComparativas de frente com e sem ortese e inicio de orto

Patient’s postural frontal comparative images in habitual occlusion before the treatment, in the beginning of the treatment wearing the DIO (Intraoral Device) and ( as we can see in the third photograph) in the stage that alouds us to perform the second phase of the treatment with a tridimensional orthodontics.

After treatment:

PATIENT TESTIMONY:

Especially the headaches (frontal) and the tension in the trapezius, along with the other listed symptoms, which hindered my work and productivity, were easily controlled with the treatment.

I am grateful to Dr. Lidia Yavich and the Clinica MY team for the profissionalism and which always had great care and attention, in the connection of the teeth, face and temporomandibular joint with the spine and posture.

For reasons of study and work opportunities, I chose to take a break in treatment, before starting a three-dimensional orthodontics.

I kept on inued with the continuous  use of the DIO – the pain is still being controlled – until I had the conditions to finalize the treatment.

Description of habitual orthostatic position in the sagittal and frontal planes

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Sagittal plane:

The evaluation is described according to the plumb line test. This test takes into account the anatomical points that must be aligned with the vertical axis (plumb line) that is perpendicular to the horizontal axis (foot rest surface). The points are the lateral malleolus (specifically in calcanocuboidea joint), the joint center of the knee, the hip center (located in the femoral head), the lumbar vertebrae (L3 – L4), the center of the shoulder joint (acromion) and the external auditory meatus (ear ).

Picture 1 – patient in habitual occlusion before treatment:                     

 

It is observed that the patient is with the body in front of the plumb line. This shift of the reference points is observed from the knee joint in direct side view.

Picture 2: Patient using the intraoral device at the beginning of the treatment

Note that in this situation the patient is with the joint reference points ahead of the plumb line, but there was an approximation of the body segments shoulder and external auditory canal in the direction of the plumb line.

Image 3: patient using the intraoral device ready to move to a three-dimensional orthodontics

It is observed in this image that the patient is more aligned in upright posture, where all the reference points are aligned or closer to the vertical axis. The lower back and ear still remained ahead of the regency axis.

According to the three images it can be seen an improvement in the alignment of the orthostatic position in the sagittal plane throughout the treatment. Initially the patient was possibly with the muscles of the posterior chain overloaded from the soles of the feet to the suboccipital region.

Probably the use of intraoral device relieved such overloading .

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Frontal plane

In the frontal view, the description of the usual orthostatic position is made in relation to the plumb (vertical axis) and two horizontal axes: horizontal axis of surface supporting feet and horizontal axis that passes just above the shoulders. The reference points in the frontal plane are: midpoint between the two feet, pubic symphysis, xiphoid process (sternum center) center of the cervical vertebrae (spinous processes) and the midpoint between the eyes.

Picture 1: Patient in habitual occlusion before treatment

It is observed the following displacements in relation to the vertical axis: slight displacement of the pubis point to the right side of the patient, followed by a displacement of the rib cage (xiphoid process) to the left side. The neck and head region are displaced to the left side of the vertical axis.

In relation to the horizontal axis of the bearing surface and from above the shoulders, it is observed that the right shoulder is lower than the right one. According to this image it can be said that she has escolise or that she is in a postural attitute presenting scoliosis.

Picture 2: Patient using the intraoral device at the beginning of treatment

In image 2 it is possible to observe that the position of the pelvis remained slightly shifted to the right side of the vertical axis. However there was an approximation of the xiphoid process (the center of the sternum) in relation to the vertical axis, as well as to the cervical vertebrae and head. These segments still kept themselves to the right side of the reference point.

In relation to the horizontal reference axis, there is a better alignment of the shoulders. The left shoulder remains in a lower position than the left one. In this image it can be said that the patient has a scoliotic attitude whith the lower spine angles of lateral flexing smallers, in other words there is a change in the support, right where  the scoliotic attitude is milder.

Image 3: patient using the intraoral device ready to move to a three-dimensional orthodontics

From this photo it can be seen that there has been an alignment of reference points of the pubis and the xiphoid process in relation to the vertical axis. In addition, there was a repositioning of the cervical vertebrae and head, where the  reference points are closer to the reference axis. In relation to the horizontal axis the image shows a balanced alignment of the shoulders.

From the three images of the frontal plane it can be observed that there was an improvement in the usual orthostatic posture, however there is still a displacement of the cervical and head reference points to the left side of the vertical axis.

It can be suggested that before treatment the patient showed a distribution of a possibly assimetric body weight between the right and left feet. The pelvis shifted to the right, generates such imbalance. In the  high thoracic and cervical region, probably there was a shortening of the muscles of the left side chain and an overload of the right side chain. With the DIO probably these imbalances  were mitigated  in the habitual orthostatic posture.

This evaluation in orthostatic position is not a dynamic evaluation of the patient.

I appreciate this assessment to Cintia Brino Baril, Master in Science of Human Movement UFRGS.

Temporomandibular Joint Pathology in a Patient with Congenital Fusion of two Cervical Vertebrae. First and Second Phase. Case Report.

When two adjacent vertebrae are fused since birth, the whole vertebral unit is called congenital vertebral block.

Embryologically this fusion is the result of an error in the normal process of segmentation of somites (segmented structure, formed on both sides of the neural tube) during the differentiation in fetal weeks.

Due to the existence of a mobile segment, free joints  (non-fused), on top and underneath the vertebral block, suffer more stress.

They may also produce an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Understanding the complex inter relation of craniomandibular disorders require a wide comprehension, not only on anatomy and physiology of head and neck, but also of the vertebral spine.

The cervical spine is the flexible link between the head and the trunk.

1 FOTO FRENTEMale patient arrived to the clinic for consultation referring headache, pain behind the eyes mostly on the right side and pain on the right eyebrow.

States that, when he passes his fingertips on the left eyebrow toward the right side, reaching the center he feels pain.

Relates pain in both shoulders.

1B FOTO FRENTE

The patient reports pain and clicking in both temporomandibular joints. He also complaints from a crepitation sensation in both TMJ.

He refers a sensation of blocked ears and bilateral tinnitus.

2 FOTO PERFIL

The patient reports that he tightens the teeth all day, and also mentions nocturnal bruxism.

He also complaints of pain in the back of the neck and pain in the cervical spine.

In his clinical history he reported a car accident when he was 12 year old.

He also had a strong blow in his mouth and mandible. He underwent a surgery on  L3, L4 and L5 because of disk herniation.

3 DENTES Patient’s habitual occlusion image before the treatment in the consultation day.  We can notice the  fractured superior incisors   and the absence of the left superior canine.

4 OCLUSAL SUP E INFSuperior and lower oclusal view of the patient before treatment. In this image we can see the wear of the lower incisors and the fracture of the upper central incisors.

5 PANORAMICAPatient’s initial panoramic radiograph: we can observe the absence of the  18, 23, 28, 38 and 48 elements. We can also notice the maxillary sinus extension on the premolars and molars region.

6 p6Patient temporomandibular joint laminography before treatment: we can observe the superior and posterior position of the right condylar process in the articular cavity  and the lower posterior positioning of the left condylar process in the articular cavity when the jaw is in maximum intercuspidation position.

In the maximum open position, we can observe the anterior angulation of the articular processes. More significant on the left side. Flattening of  the posterior surface of the articular processes.

7 frontalPatient’s frontal radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.

8 perfilLateral radiograph in conjunction with the profile image of the patient before treatment.

9 C7Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine before treatment.

The arrow marks the FUSION OF THE CERVICAL VERTEBRAE  C3 and C4.

When two adjacent vertebrae are fused since birth, the whole vertebral unit is called congenital vertebral block.

Embryologically, this fusion is the result of an error in the normal process of segmentation of somites (segmented structure, formed on both sides of the neural tube) during the differentiation in fetal weeks.

Due to the existence of a mobile segment, free joints (non-fused), on top and underneath the vertebral block, suffer more stress.

They may also produce an abnormal curvature of the spine.

9A 1 RNM 1MRI TI: Sagittal slice sequence of the left TMJ closed mouth.

We can see that despite the anterior angulation of the articular process (because of one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy) the disc is positioned at the head of the mandibular condyle.  Notice that the health of the soft elements had been preserved, even so there is a compression of the retrodiscal elements at the level of the  neck flexioned angle  of the mandibular condyle.

9A 1 RNM 2

MRI TI: Sagittal slice sequence of the left TMJ closed mouth.

We can see that despite the anterior angulation of the articular process (because of one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy) the disc is positioned at the head of the mandibular condyle.  Notice that the health of the soft elements had been preserved, even so there is a compression of the retrodiscal elements at the level of the  neck flexioned angle  of the mandibular condyle.

9A 2 RNM 1

MRI TI: Sagittal slice sequence of the right TMJ closed mouth.

We can see that despite the anterior angulation of the articular process (because of one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy) the disc is positioned at the head of the mandibular condyle.  Notice that the health of the soft elements had been preserved, even so there is a compression of the retrodiscal elements at the level of the  neck flexioned angle  of the mandibular condyle.

9A 2 RNM 2

MRI TI: Sagittal slice sequence of the right TMJ closed mouth.

We can see that despite the anterior angulation of the articular process (because of one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy) the disc is positioned at the head of the mandibular condyle.  Notice that the health of the soft elements had been preserved, even so there is a compression of the retrodiscal elements at the level of the  neck flexioned angle  of the mandibular condyle.

9A 3 RNMMRI TI: Sagittal slice  of the right and left TMJ, open mouth.

In the maximum open position, we can better observe the anterior angulation of the articular processes. More significant in the left side.

9A 4 RNM

MRI TI: Frontal slice  of the right and left TMJ, closed mouth.

10 AB E FECHInitial kinesiographic record: significant 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 record. The record  in the sagittal view looks very vertical when the patient opens and closes the mouth, which is  typical of deep overbites.

11 REGISTRO DE MORDIDATo properly evaluate the maxillomandibular relationship we  should start considering the physiological mandibular rest position.

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

The stomathognatic muscles are not the exception.

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

The record showed a pathological free space of 11,8 mm and a retrusion of 2 mm.

Remember that the angulation of the mandibular condyle caused by trauma in early childhood led to a loss in the  vertical growth and a compression at the  level of the flexioned angle of the mandibular condyle neck.

   Click here To read more about traumatisms in childhood and the greenstick fractures of the mandibular process.

12 DENTES ORTESE

With the recorded data after the electronical mandibular deprogramming and the kinesiographic trace obtained with the jaw tracker, we constructed a  DIO (intraoral device), to mantain the tridimentional registered position.

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

13 CONTROLE ORTESEKinesiographic record control of the DIO  (intra oral device), constructed in neurophysiological position. Neuromuscular trajectories  are coincident and the  interocclusal free space is now 2.4mm.

These controls must be performed PERIODICALLY DURING THE FIRST PHASE OF TREATMENT and also during the SECOND PHASE OF TREATMENT.
In the clinical cases published in the  TMJ STUDY AND INVESTIGATION PAGE  I post a minimum selection of the sequenced records obtained during the treatment.

It is important to remember that during the neurophysiological treatment the patient is measured and controlled during all treatment.

9A 1 RNM

The patient presented problems in the three-dimensional localization of the mandibular condyle

Even that structurally the mandibular condyles had undergone changes in the growth axis due to trauma in early childhood, they did not presented lesions that prevented us (after the  improvement of the three-dimensional jaw location) to continue with the SECOND PHASE OF THE TREATMENT.

9A 2 RNM

In this specific clinical case I decided NOT  to request a second MRI, since I didn’t need to control the improvement of the condyle disc complex nor the bone marrow signal.

The patient had remission of symptoms, allowing us to move on to the SECOND STAGE OF THE NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL TREATMENT.

15 sequencia 1In the upper image we can observe from top to bottom:

Habitual occlusion of the patient before treatment.

Patient’s occlusion  with the DIO ( intraoral device)

Initiation of the  three-dimensional orthodontics, ALWAYS WITH DIO (intraoral device) built in neurophysiological position.

Installation of an upper removable expander.

16 B sequenciaSequence in three-dimensional orthodontics with the expander and the movement of the first upper  premolar on the left side for the installation of a dental implant.

17 sequenciaSequence of the three-dimensional orthodontics in this specific clinical case.

17B sequenciaSequence of the three-dimensional orthodontics in this specific clinical case and installation of the dental implant, because of the absence of the upper left canine.

18 sequenciaThe upper incisors were rehabilitated with resins to recover the aesthetics and functionality of the patient.

19 PANORAMICA NO TRATPatient’s panoramic radiograph:  control with the implant installed  and three-dimensional orthodontics during the neurophysiological treatment.

The DIO, (intraoral device) in neurophysiological position installed in the mouth during the Second Phase.

20 RESINAS INFERIORESThe lower incisors were rehabilitated with resins to recover the aesthetics and functionality of the patient.

The active eruption in the posterior sector was completed until the finalization of the second phase.

In this particular clinic case the active eruption sequence was not documented in images. For those who want to remember this THREE- DIMENTIONAL ORTHODONTICS I suggest to click on this link

22 DENTES FINALThe patient’s occlusion after neurophysiological treatment. First and second phase finished.

23 DENTES FINAL COMPARATIVOSPatient’s comparative occlusion  images before and after the  neurophysiological treatment.

24 OCLUSAIS FINAISUpper and lower oclusal view of the patient after the neurophysiological treatment.

25 OCLUSAIS FINAIS COMPARATIVASPatient’s comparative images of the upper and lower oclusal view before and after the neurophysiological treatment.

26 PANORAMICAfinalPatient’s panoramic radiograph after the first and second phase of the neurophysiological treatment.

26A PANORAMICACOMPARATIVASComparative panoramic radiographs: before treatment, during treatment and after completion of the three-dimensional orthodontics and neurophysiological rehabilitation.

27 laminograpfia finalPatient’s laminography after the first and second phase of the neurophysiological treatment.

30 COMPARAÇAO PERFISPatient’s comparative lateral radiographs, before and after the neurophysiological treatment.

31 COMPARAÇAO C7Patient’s comparative lateral radiograph and cervical spine before the FIRST PHASE and fter the finalization of the THREE DIMENSIONAL ORTHODONTICS and the NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL REABILITATION. 

In this case we cannot change a congenital fusion of the cervical vertebrae, but if we understand that there are myofascial chains that connect the TMJ to the body, we may then improve the three-dimensional location of the mandible and help the system. Naturally, the system is a whole and depending on each clinical case we will need the help help of professionals of different specialties.

32 COMPARAÇAO IMAGEM FRONTAL Comparative frontal images of the patient: before and after the neurophysiological treatment.

32 COMPARAÇAO PERFIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparative profile images of the patient: before and after the neurophysiological treatment.

32  INICIAL DEPOIMENTO inglesSome time ago, while searching for an orthodontic treatment for my first child, I got to know Clinica MY.

At that time my priority was in fact to search for a solution to correct a teeth problem that my son had. After some consultations at the clinic I met Dr. Lidia, which already in our firsts and brief talks, and because of some complaints that I shared with her, she diagnosed that I, much more than my son, had problems related to dysfunctions in the TMJ.

She told me that I needed to search for a treatment.

In that occasion I had many teeth problems as inferior and superior teeth wear, broken tips, crackling when chewing.

32  FINAL DEPOIMENTO ingles

I had a lot of headaches, pain at the nape base and behind the eyes, and also pain on the back and shoulders. I also felt a pain sensation on my right eyebrow whenever I pass my hand on the forehead. It was something really strange and uncomfortable.

Happily this is something in the past. Thanks to the accurate diagnosis of Dr. Lidia and to the treatment that I followed strictly to the letter I am today free of those terrible symptoms.

I also would like to thank the careful work of Dr. Luis Daniel during all the treatment process and the attention and care that was given to me by all the Clinica MY team.

33 FINAL

 

 

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

1

Female patient 31 years old comes to consultation reporting severe headache, severe pain in the temporal, especially on the left side, pain on the left ear and pressure on the left eye.

She also states strong neck pain, dizziness, and reports that she feels a burning sensation on the cheek and also pain.

2

She also reports allergic rhinitis and sinusitis, for which she had already made several treatments. But the rhinitis or the sinusitis where never acompannied by the pain she was reporting. This was something new.

She reports having bruxism.

3 OCLUSAO INICIAL

The patient states that she used removable and also fixed orthodontics appliances from her 15 years old until her 18 years old.

She refers to a traumatism in the anterior sector in which the incisor fractured the incisal edge when she was a child.(see publication Structural Modifications of the Mandibular Condylar Process as one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy)4 OCLUSAIS

We can see the wear on the upper and lower incisors.

Regarding the beginning of the pain, the patient reported that she frequently felt fatigue in her facial muscles; she was a teacher and talked a lot during the classes.

But then she felt just fatigue, she never had the pain she was feeling now.

The episode that the patient reported as triggering the pain was when she broke a tooth when she was chewing.4 retrato

Patient testimony

When I broke my tooth while chewing, I went to an emergency clinic where they made a curative and headed me for a root canal.

When the root canal was finished, I left the dental office with A LOT OF PAIN.

But it was not toothache; it was a lot of pain in the face, especially in the masseter muscle.

 Days after  I started to feel an hallucinating pain in the neck, pain in the left ear and headache;

At the time I was derived to a professional who did occlusal adjustments and installed a splint.

I threw away the splint, since I complained that the device did not ease the pain but increased the pain I was feeling.

From that moment I started to consult a lot of professionals.

When she ended the latter sentence, the patient looked into my eyes and while crying she asked: Dr, do you believe in the things I´m telling you?

I said YES, and I answered, I BELIEVE IN YOUR REPORT.

The patient increased her crying and told me that many of the professionals she visited said that she had nothing and the pain was a thing of her head. Just stress!

4A PANORAMICA INICIAL

The panoramic radiograph of the patient shows the root canals endodontically treated (maxillary first molar on the left, 26). This is the tooth that the patient reported having fractured and treated)

We can see that the third molar on the left (48) is angled and impacted on the distal of the second lower molar on the right.

4B LAMINOGRAFIA INICIAL

In the temporomandibular joint laminography of the patient, we can see an anterior angulation of the articular processes. We can also observe a flattening of the upper and posterior surface of both articular processes; it is more significant on the right side.

4C RADIOGRAFIA LATERAL INICIAL

Patient’s lateral radiograph before treatment4D LARGO DE PERNASAt a certain moment a scanning of the lower limbs was asked to the patient, as a difference in length of the lower limbs was suspected. It revealed to be just a muscle shortening, since structurally her lower limbs presented the same measure.5 abre e fecha 1

Computerized kinesiology analyzes the graphic movements that the jaw performs in the three directions of space. The patient has an opening of 30 mm which is already considered a limitation.

The patient does not have good speed in opening and  closing the mouth. This can be an indicator of muscle disorders, intra-articular injuries or discrepancies between the teeth and the muscles.

6 BASAL ANTES E APOS O DEM

In this basal electromyography the masticatory muscles are in hyperactivity, after electronic deprogramming the muscles down their values.

An electromyography with a lower value, after the electronic relaxation, for a particular muscle, is more important than the absolute value before being pulsed.

7 MORDE FORTE ABRE ENGOLE

In this dynamic electromyography, the patient clench hard twice, opens her mouth, closes her mouth and swallows. Masseter muscles, which are the most potent muscles of the stomatognathic system generate very little activity in maximum occlusion.

The anterior temporalis are recruiting more motor units than the masseters, which is not physiological in a system that works in a balanced manner.

8 HABITUAL E ROLOS

In this dynamic electromyography (A) the patient bites into habitual maximum intercuspation, (B) the patient bites with cotton rolls on the right and the  left between her occlusal surfaces, the activity improves considerably.

Every modification of the joint position leads to muscle length change, and consequently it change its strength.The muscles that are shortened or lengthened by approximately 20% exhibit the so-called mechanical failure and a decreased intrinsic potency (Macintosh, Valencia et al., 1986).9 ressonancias iniciais

MRI of the patient: we can see an anterior angulation of the articular processes, flattening of the upper and posterior surface of both articular processes, information that we already have in the laminography.

The joint articular discs are very thinned which structurally implies an articular disc that can not always fulfill the function for which an articular disk is designed. It is imperative to promote joint decompression.

Remember the electromyography improvement that we had with the placement of cotton rolls between the occlusal surfaces.

11A TOMA DE MORDIDA

The masticatory muscles of the patient were deprogrammed electronically and the rest position was registered with a computerized jaw tracker.

This record was very difficult to achieve.  It was very difficult to deprogram the patient.  Even so a very thin DIO (intraoral device) was constructed in neurophysiological position  to promote the jaw reposition that was in a slight posterior position.

We left an inter-occlusal free space of 1 mm which  normally is very little (remember that the jaw tracker enables this type of measurement)

In the screen we may read a comment  that says (this is the record that I managed to take). I wanted to register this in the original record, as many times we don´t get a good record in the first time and this was the case. Logically records will modify as the system improves.11B RECALIn this other record where we are recalibrating the patient’s device , we can see the coincidence of the habitual trajectory with the neuromuscular trajectory. The patient is now deprogramming better so we could build  a better intra-oral device.

12 ABRE FECHA ORTESE

In this kinesiographic record with the DIO (intraoral device) in neurophysiological position, we can see the improvement of the trajectory in mandibular opening, closing and speed. Remember that the patient did not have a good speed in mandibular opening and closing, and she had a more vertical opening trajectory.

13 ABRE FECHA comparativas

Kinesiographic comparative records of opening, closing and speed: in habitual position before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device).

13A TOMA DE MORDIDA E RECAL

Comparative rest position records: before treatment and recalibrating the DIO (intraoral device). In the recalibration record we can observe the coincidence of the habitual trajectory with the neuromuscular trajectory.

14 PANORAMICA ANTES DA ORTO

The first phase was carried out ( treatment of the TMJ)  with the controls and recalibrations required to enhance the mandibular position, in this case together with physical therapy to balance the postural chains.

At the request of the panoramic radiograph before moving on to the second phase of this case (three-dimensional orthodontics) it can be observed the third right lower molar eruption. This molar was impacted in the distal of the second right  lower molar. (31-year-old patient).

At this step it was only released the acrylic of the DIO in the region of the third impacted molar, returning the vertical dimension of the patient and allowing the eruption of the third molar.

15 PANORAMICAS COMPARATIVAS

Comparison of pre-treatment panoramic radiograph and after the first phase with the DIO (intraoral device) installed in neurophysiological position.

At this point a three-dimensional orthodontics is initiated to remove the DIO.

This orthodontic treatment as was explained in previous publications (see the publication Tridimensional Orthodontics in the Second Phase  of TMJ pathologies) must maintain the mandibular location  in balance with the muscular planes, with the temporomandibular joints and the dental plans, obtained in the first phase.

For this we have tools such as surface electromyography and electronic jaw deprogramming, that helps us to control how the system is functioning.

Few sequences will be shown until the full withdrawal of the DIO (intraoral device)

16 orto 0 1

Active eruption of lateral segments, already in a more advanced stage. The teeth are filling the space formerly occupied by the DIO.18 PANORAMICA CONTROLE  ORTO

Patient´s panoramic x-ray: control of the active eruption. It corresponds to the sequence shown in the previous image.

19 orto 0 1B

Three-dimensional orthodontics treatment continuation: Image with and without the device, the lateral sectors have already erupted.20 orto 2Three-dimensional orthodontics treatment continuation.21 oclusao final

The alignment of the upper and lower incisors sector was achieved just as the restoration with resin of the fractured part of the incisor.

Conclusion of the three-dimensional orthodontics after TMJ treatment.22 OCLUSAIS FINALConclusion of the three-dimensional orthodontics after TMJ treatment.22A eletromiografia final 22APatient’s dynamic electromyographic record after treatment.22B eletromiografia COMPARATIVAPatient’s SEMG records: before and after treatment. We can analyze the balance and functioning of the masseter, which did not happen in the initial registration.23 ABRE FECHA APOS O TRATAMENTO 2Kineciographic record: opening, closing and speed after treatment conclusion.23 B abertura e fechamento comparativasKinesiographic comparative records of opening, closing and speed: in habitual position before treatment, with the DIO (intraoral device) and after treatment conclusion.24 LAMINOGRAFIAfinal LPatient’s laminography in neurophysiological occlusion after treatment conclusion.25 LAMINOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVAS

Patient’s comparative laminographies: in habitual occlusion before treatment and neurophysiological occlusion after treatment conclusion.

It should be understood that the chosen mandibular position is the one where the joints are decompressed and muscles are able to recruit more motor units, for that we use electronic mandibular deprogramming. Registration also depends on the information obtained in the images.25B res. comparativasMRI (magnetic resonance imaging) comparative images of the patient: in habitual occlusion before treatment and in neurophysiological occlusion in the conclusion of treatment.

It should be understood that the chosen mandibular position is the one where the joints are decompressed and muscles are able to recruit more motor units, for that we use electronic mandibular deprogramming.

Registration ALSO DEPENDS on the information obtained in the images. MRI also provides information that should be taken into account when we decide the mandibular position, enhancing the data provided by the computerized jaw tracker: which and the type of disc, disk positioning, whether or not recapture among other data.

26 panoramica final LPatient’s panoramic radiography after conclusion of the second phase, in this case the three-dimensional orthodontics.26B panoramica COMPARATIVAS

Patient’s comparative panoramic radiographs: 1 before treatment, 2 during the first phase, 3 during the three-dimensional orthodontics, 4 after conclusion of the three-dimensional orthodontics.

27 fase frontalPatient’s comparative frontal image before and after treatment.28 fase perfilPatient’s comparative profile image before and after treatment.29Patient testimony

Dear Doctor,

I clearly remember when everything began.

First I used to feel a huge fatigue in the muscles of the face and mouth. I was very stressed then, I was teaching and I used to speak a lot.

Then I broke a tooth. And (ouch!) what to do? I looked for an emergency doctor and he made me a curative. He advised me to go to a dentist and I had to make a root canal there. I left the clinic in pain.(an incredible, allucinating headache,and ear pain)

I began to loos weight… I felt a malaise, a lack ou courage. My face muscle, the masseter seemed to be making weightlifting. Felt as strong and stout, but it hurt so much! It looked as if I had 200 Kg on my face and my neck seemed not to be part of my body. What an unbearable pain! I felt a general rejection, a lack of will of living.) My whole body started to ache. Even fibromyalgia some would say I had, others said I had one leg which was smaller that the other other would say… To sum up, I was a time bomb of all the problems professionals said I had… (I felt like that…)

From there I visited a lot of professionals.

Michigan splint, intensive physiotherapy, chiropractic terapy , shiatsu, do-in… So desperate I was! I even searched for an afro-brazilian religious priest (mãe de santo)….. But nothing relief me from my pain.

I was then that I went to see a very SPECIAL person in my CRAZY life! Dr. Lidia!!

It got better… but NOOOO the strife started to increase!!! Exams, resonances, what an affliction!

From that day five years had passed until my life got back in track… Back to normal with or without pain. But actually it came back on track WITHOUT ANY PAIN!!!

But for that a lot of water had flowed under the bridge!

The result was that after many appointments at the clinic, I remember the attendance on a Sunday of World Cup when Brazil was Champion and that compassionate soul (hahaha) helped me.

So much pain! So much despair! Even so that doctor had so much will and patience to cure me!

It was a hard path. But… We made it and we found that one of my wisdom teeth were totally ignorant (they had no wisdom at all) and it decided to sprout after my thirties.

I used to say that my teeth were like two soccer fan crowds that did not fit, as Palmeiras e Corintians (something like Chelsea and Manchester). They were in ethernal fight!

But after the storm…. My problems started to be solved.

Today I have a big smile thanks to Dr. t Lidia, hahaha. I pray everyday to her.

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

Different etiologic factors like trauma, local and systemic diseases, autoimmune disease and occlusion make create condition of discal displacement.

The importance and validity to recapture dislocated discs when the clinic case aloud, was commented in the publication of day February 22, 2015 entitled Recapture of articular disc displacement with reduction. Recapture or not recapture, that is the question.

We need to understand that treturn the anatomical joint elements to a healthy and physiological position is ALWAYS VALUABLE. Remember anatomy is the platform where physiology functions.

1 ERALDOMale patient 33 years old arrived to the clinic referring strong ache on the temporalis muscles, pain on the back of the head, unspecific facial pain, pain on the shoulders, buzzing and he also reports that he has been feeling numbness and tingling in his hands.

The patient also complains about clicking on  the left temporomandibular joint.

He also reported feeling of hearing loss, even if the audiometry is within the normal range.

2 ERALDO   He also reports about muscular tremors in the cheek region, and constant difficulty to open the mouth.

The patient does not present limitation to open the mouth, but to open the mouth he shifts the jaw to the left side.

He feels pain to chew hard foods, and he complains that he only can eat soft food

He tells that any meal is an effort and not a nice activity, even with food that he appreciate.

Refers bruxism and clenching

He  also finds difficulty to swallowing

3 ERALDO  The patient presents a retrusive profile, but this WAS NOT THE MOTIVE FOR CONSULTATION, the patient was not concerned about aesthetics, but with the PAIN.

Patient testimony:

When I was in the formation in the graduation of the Military Police ( with the order of not moving nor speaking) I was somewhat nervous, and suddenly everything went dark and I fell forward as a trunk, with all my weight and hit the chin (I was 18 years old).

My  teeth were closed, the pain from that episode was almost unbearable, I couldn´t eat or open the mouth, so was more or less for two weeks,  then start a tingling in the TMJ region and muscles, and a kind of sensitivity that remains to this day.

In the anamnesis the patient reported several injuries as a child, but nothing special to remember.

4 ERALDO Patient’s habitual occlusion.4B ERALDO  Wear in the upper and lower incisor sector

5 PANORAMICAS ERALDO  Patient’s panoramic radiograph before the treatment.6 PANORAMICAS ERALDOMandibular heads asymmetry7 LAMINO TMJ laminography in habitual occlusion.  Close and open mouth. Can be analyzed the asymmetry between the patient’s right and left mandibular head.

Superior flattening of both mandibular heads and change in the growth axis of both mandibular condyles.7A LAMINOThe color image highlights the structural differences between the right and left condyles.7B LAMINO   1- Normal growth axis

   2- Fracture location

  3-  Pathological growth axis

The website of the Clinica MY www.clinicamy.com.br  has the links for the article. 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.

5B LAMINOGRAFIA  The website of the Clinica MY  www.clinicamy.com.br  has the link for the article. 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.

5C LAMINOGRAFIA Structural modifications of the mandibular condylar process as one of the sequels of traumatism in infancy8 CERVICAL  The cervical spine of the patient shows a rectification and a light curvature inversion

The patient’s cervical spine image reminded me similar images from many patients that suffered a whyplash traumatism.

I questioned the patient again, asking if out of trauma reported at graduation that had hit the chin, could not remember another accident.

INITIALLY THE PATIENT DID NOT REMEMBER. But in the next consultation he gave the following narration:

Patient’s testimony:

I was stopped at a traffic light driving my car when another vehicle hit behind the car in which I was.

The HIT WAS SO STRONG that the bank fully reclined back, I was lucky that I had a  headrest on the seat.

Evidently the whiplash suspicion was confirmed

9B FRONTAL  Mandible asymmetry is notorious on the patient’s frontal radiograph. IS SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND IF WE THINK ON THE STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCE OF BOTH mandibular condyles. It’s like thinking in a patient with a structural difference in the length of legs. These structural alterations provoke morfofunctional alterations.

The muscles have to adapt and shorten three-dimensionally to compensate the system.

10 LATERAL  Many studies are based on a preconception, considering that the condyles are in a correct position and the patient does not present any pathology on the temporomandibular joints.

These structural alterations provoke morfofunctional alterations.

The muscles have to adapt and shorten three-dimensionally to compensate the system.

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In this kinesiographic record   is registered the opening and closing mouth of the patient in sagital and frontal view and the velocity graphic.

The patient opens the mouth 40 mm, and frontally he needs to shift the mandible to the left side in order to open his mouth.

The opening and closing speed is poor, the patient has bradykinesia

12  In this electromyographic record of the patient in habitual occlusion is impressive the difference between the right and left anterior temporal.

There is nearly 70 percent difference between the left and right temporalis in habitual maximum occlusion. The right anterior temporalis can generate 105 microvolts in the window already analyzed, the left anterior temporalis can generate only 36 microvolts in the same range.

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MRI: Magnetic Resonance Image of the patient. Selected slice.

1- Left TMJ closed mouth, sagital slice before treatment

Anterior displacement of the articular disc.

2- The Same image with color enhancement

3-  Left TMJ open mouth, sagital slice before treatment

4- The Same image with color enhancement

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MRI: Magnetic Resonance Image of the patient. Selected slice.

Right TMJ closed mouth, sagital slice before treatment

Articular disc in habitual position.

Right TMJ open mouth, sagital slice before treatment

16 mordida The patient has a free way pathological space of 9,4 mm and a retrusion of 4,8 mm17 ORTESE  With the data obtained after mandibular electronic deprogramming and ALWAYS WITH THE INFORMATION OBTAINED IN THE IMAGES WE CONSTRUCT A DIO ( Intraoral Device) in neurophysiological position.18 eletro dio  Patient’s electromyographic record in neurophysiological occlusion with the intraoral device in mouth. The right and left temporalis are balanced.

There was nearly 70 percent difference between the left and right  temporalis in habitual maximum occlusion, before the intraoral device instalation.

19 eletro comparativas  Comparative EMG records on the top in habitual occlusion and on the bottom in neurophysiological occlusion with the DIO (intraoral device) in mouth.

21 cinecio comparativas e fotos  This image shows a patient’s profile sequence together with the sequence of kinesiographic records.. These records have to be related to EMG recordings previously posted.

All is correlated, joint decompression, masticatory muscles function and the three-dimensional location of the jaw.

The DIO (intraoral device) is planned not only by the electronic deprogramming, but also by the images and other auxiliary diagnosis tools. It is controlled, changed and recalibrated as part of a treatment.

It should be measured electromyographically. Logically the improvement of the patient’s symptoms must go along with the improvement of records.

22 frontal comparativas  Patient’s frontal radiographs comparison: the first in habitual occlusion and the second with the intraoral device in neurophysiological position.

Three-dimensional jaw alignment improvement, we can not fix the structural differences of the mandibular condyles, but we can balance the muscles.

22A frontal comparativas dellinhadas   Patient’s frontal radiographs comparison: tracing of the jaw to highlight the tridimensional alignment of the jaw in neurophysiological position.

24 FOTOS LATERAL comparativas Patient’s comparative profile: in habitual occlusion and in neurophysiological occlusion with the intraoral device. Improvement of the head position.24 foto LATERAL comparativas

.Patient’s lateral radiographs and cervical spine comparison: before treatment and completion of the first phase, correlation with the profile photos.

Although rectification of the cervical spine continues, it has a mild improvement in curvature inversion observed in the first radiography.

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MRI: Left TMJ sagital lateral slice, closed mouth, before the treatment showing THE ARTICULAR DISC ANTERIORLY DISPLACED and the RECAPTURE OF THE ARTICULAR DISC after the treatment.

Control of the second comparative magnetic resonance imaging after the second treatment phase.

The images of the left TMJ which presented the displacement of the articular disc will be posted.

The right TMJ did not presented displacement of the articular disc, only the structural differences between the mandibular heads.

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MRI: Left TMJ Sagital lateral slice, closed mouth, before the treatment showing THE ARTICULAR DISC ANTERIORLY DISPLACED and the RECAPTURE OF THE ARTICULAR DISC after the treatment.

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MRI: Left TMJ Sagital medial slice, closed mouth, before the treatment showing THE ARTICULAR DISC ANTERIORLY DISPLACED and the RECAPTURE OF THE ARTICULAR DISC after the treatment.

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MRI: Left TMJ Sagital medial slice, closed mouth, before the treatment showing THE ARTICULAR DISC ANTERIORLY DISPLACED and the RECAPTURE OF THE ARTICULAR DISC after the treatment.

32 depoimento  When I arrived at the Clinic My, I was suffering a lot, I felt a strong pain, migraine, and I could not open my mouth without pain.

I was really in need of treatment; it was then that Dr. Lidia offered me to take care of my problem.

Since my articular disc was displaced and the joint was compromised, we started immediately and from there I got better, the pain stopped, I began to eat better and everything got better.

Today I can say that I´m very well, I feel normal, my disc and all the system is working okay!

I´m very grateful to Dr. Lidia Yavich, she is a great professional that knows what she does.

A big hug,

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Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: Positive evolution after Neurophysiological Treatment

The patient of this post contacted me through a derivation from a colleague from abroad.

Soon after he sent an email where he explained the motif for his consultation on Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis, I answered that it was not my

knowledge  area, that I treated TMJ Pathologies , Orthodontics and Facial Orthopedics.

The patient insisted, commenting that the colleague that recommended me and knew me from the AACP meeting where I was invited as a lecturer explained to him that he didn´t know if I treated Distonia, but he thought that considering  what he had  watched  I could help him.

I began to study more on  published articles of this field. One of the articles that impacted me was: Spasmodic Torticollis: The Dental Connection. Anthony b. Sims, D.D.S.; Brendan C> Stack, D>D>S> ;MS.;Gary Demererjian, D.D.S.

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Dystonia is a  neurological movement disorder, which sustained muscle contractions causing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. The movements may resemble a tremor. Dystonia is often initiated or worsened by voluntary movements, and symptoms may “overflow” into adjacent muscles.There are multiple types of dystonia, and numerous diseases and conditions may cause dystonia.

Focal   dystonia:  affects a muscle or group of muscles in a specific part of the body causing involuntary muscular contractions and abnormal postures, like eyes, neck or hands.The precise cause of primary dystonia is unknown .It is suspected to be caused by a pathology of the central nervous system, likely originating in those parts of the brain concerned with motor function, such as the basal ganglia.

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Main common dystonia denomination are :

blepharospasm (from Greek: blepharon, eyelid, and spasm, an uncontrolled muscle contraction), is any abnormal contraction or twitch of the eyelid.

Oromandibular dystonia is a form of focal dystonia affecting the mouth, jaw and tongue, and in this disease it is hard to speak.

Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis ) affects the muscles of the neck. Causes the head to rotate to one side, to pull down towards the chest, or back, or a combination of these postures.

Spasmodic dysphonia (or laryngeal dystonia) is a voice disorder characterized by involuntary movements or spasms of one or more muscles of the larynx(vocal folds or voice box) during speech.

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Patient Testimony

Everything began approximately after the placement of the  lower implants.

One year after that, I began to feel uncomfortable.

I felt a back and neck stiffness, a strong weight in the back of the head and pain.

I began to make a lot of examination tests with neurologists, physical therapists, rheumatologists, orthopedists.
All of them followed the same line, saying that it could be a stress problem and fatigue.

Later I began to feel a twist movement in my neck towards the left. It was not so strong  but I felt I had no  control on my neck.

My neck always tried to rotate to the left, especially  when I walked and when I tried to hold an object.

After doing physical therapy, chiropractic’s, acupuncture and all those techniques I began to research and finally consulted another neurologist who told me that  I had CERVICAL DYSTONIA.

He asked for many exams to eliminate the possibility of being  a trauma or other problem related to Wilson disease. That hypothesis was soon discarded.

I consulted another neurologist that confirmed the same diagnosis: CERVICAL DYSTONIA.

The neurologist initiated a treatment with Botox, to alleviate, and to relax some muscles, trapeziums, sternocleidomastoids and splenius. I was also oriented to have three applications of miorelaxants.

I began to investigate more on the subject and I found some videos about TMJ and some treatments with dental appliances.

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Habitual patient’s occlusion

Patient Testimony

The situation is very bad because doctors say: “is neurological”,  we don’t know the etiology and it has no cure until today.

I believe all of this must have a relation with the implants, because I passed more than 30 years without these teeth, maybe  the position of my mouth could have provoked some slow alteration that end up in this situation.

I’m not an specialist to affirm that this is the real situation, but I believe that it is worthy to investigate because there is the existence of written articles.

Moreover Dr. Anthony Sims, and other doctors in the dentistry field point for possible head and neck disturbance, motor coordination, Tourette disease or something like that, so many things connected with TMJ (temporomandibular joints) disorders.

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Patient’s occlusal superior and inferior view

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Patient report: Detail of principal symptoms

Impossibility of head stabilization

Ringing ears

Ear compression sensation

Muscle spasm when I want to move the head down and to the right.

Noises in the vertebras in the back of the neck region, may be C1 and C2, but I am not sure and noises in the spine.

Noises in the TMJ, specially when yawn.

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Patient’s panoramic radiograph before treatment.

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Patient’s frontal radiograph where it is clearly seen the impossibility for straight posture of the head.

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Patient’s initial laminography, in habitual occlusion where we can observe the retro position of both mandibular heads.

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Patient’s initial lateral radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.

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We can observe in this lateral radiograph and cervical spine radiograph the total lack of space between the ATLAS posterior arc and the Occipital base. I suspected adherences so I solicited a lateral radiograph in flexion.

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In the Cervical Spine radiograph in flexion we can observe a REDUCED space between the ATLAS posterior arc and the base of the occipital. THE SPACE IS REDUCED, BUT EXISTS.

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The MRI in closed mouth shows a small disc, superior facets in both mandibular condyles and bilateral retro discal compression. The patient has no limitation in opening the mouth and the discs are well situated on the mandibular heads when opening. I didn´t judge important to include the image of open mouth for this clinic case.

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The Semg dynamic record shows an important asymmetry between anterior right and left temporalis, low activity of both masseters muscles. The trapezius doesn’t show activity during mandibular closing, which is physiologically correct. Important activity from the digastrics muscles in closing movement, which is not physiologically correct.

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The Semg dynamic record shows an important asymmetry between anterior right and left temporalis, low activity of both masseters muscles. The sternocleidomastoid muscles show activity during mandibular closing, which is NOT physiologically correct (the sternocleidomastoid muscle is not a masticatory muscle). Important activity from the digastrics muscles in closing movement, which is NOT physiologically correct.

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His masticatory muscles were electronically deprogrammed with TENS (Transcutaneal Electronic Neural Stimula­tion). A jaw tracker then registered a neurophysiologic position from where an intraoral appliance was constructed and tested with SEMG (Surface Electromyography.) For this record we used the neurophysiologic technique.

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Patient’s frontal comparative images: initial and four months after DIO (Intra Oral Device) wear. Notice the important improvement of head and shoulder posture.

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Patient’s right profile comparative images: initial and four months after DIO (Intra Oral Device) wear. Notice the important improvement of head and shoulder posture.

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Patient’s left profile comparative images: initial and four months after DIO (Intra Oral Device) wear. Notice the important improvement of head and shoulder posture.

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Patient’s lateral radiograph with the device in neurophysiological position. Notice the space between the posterior arc of the atlas and the occipital base that didn´t exist before.

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Patient’s frontal comparative radiograph: before the treatment and with the DIO (Intra Oral Device), the patient manages now to have a straight posture of the head.

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Patient’s lateral and cervical spine comparative radiograph: before the treatment and with the DIO. Notice the space between the posterior arc of the Atlas and the occipital base that did not exist before.

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Patient’s comparative laminographies: initial in habitual occlusion where we can observe the retro position of the mandibular heads and with the intraoral device with retrodiscal decompression.

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Patient’s frontal comparative images: initial, four months and nine months after DIO wear. The patient had a physiological posture recovery.

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Patient’s right profile comparative images: initial, four months and nine months after DIO wear. The patient had a physiological posture recovery.

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Patient’s left profile comparative images: initial, four months and nine months after DIO wear. The patient had a physiological posture recovery.

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Spasmodic Torticollis: The Dental Connection. Anthony b. Sims, D.D.S.; Brendan C> Stack, D>D>S> ;MS.;Gary Demererjian, D.D.S.

 

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The patient also sent videos where he shows his initial incapacity to rotate the head and also comparative videos where he could do that again. The videos are not in the post to preserve patient’s identity.