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

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

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

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

It is vital the early detection of this deficiency.

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

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

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

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

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

1A

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

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

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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.

3

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

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Patient’s initial panoramic radiograph

5

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

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

6

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

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

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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.

8

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

Retrognathic profile and rectification of the cervical spine.

9 res fechada

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

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

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

10 res aberta

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

We can observe anterior facets on both mandibular heads.

Both mandibular condyles cannot translate, reducing mouth opening.

12 cineciog 1

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

11 ELET INICIAL

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

Anterior right and left temporalis

Right and left masseter

Right and left digastrics

Right and left superior trapezius

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

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

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

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

15 AUDIOMETRIA INICIAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The degree of compression determinates de reaction of the patient.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 AUDIOMETRIA 2

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

21 AUDIOMETRIA 1 e  2

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

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

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

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Structural and functional changes.

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Even a decompressed joint, takes time to recover

Some structural lesions can be recovered, but  OTHERS CANNOT.

25A

Even a decompressed joint, takes time to recover

Some structural lesions can be recovered, but OTHERS CANNOT.

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

27 AUDIOMETRIA 3

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

28 AUDIOMETRIA 1 e  2 e 3

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

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

29 SERIES DE ORTO 1

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

30 SERIES DE ORTO 2

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

30 A PERFIL E RAD LATERAL ORTO

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

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

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

31 SERIES DE ORTO 3

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

32  SERIES DE ORTO4

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

33 RETIRADA DO DIO

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

34 SERIES DE ORTO4

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

OCLUSAIS FINAIS

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

35 AUDIOMETRIA 4

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

SERIES DE ORTO

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

panoramicas comparativas

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

CEF COMPARATIVOS

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

37 CINESIO comparativoS

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

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

37 eletro comparativo

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

39 jaw trackwe  comparativoa

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

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

40 todas as audiometrias

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

FINALE FINALE

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

It is vital the early detection of this deficiency.

42 DEPOIMENTO 1

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

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

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

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

42 DEPOIMENTO

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 FOTO FRONTAL

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

Pain is more intense on the left side.

2 FOTO PERFIL - Copia

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

The left ear has normal hearing thresholds.

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

3 DENTES INICIAIS - Copia

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

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

4 OCLUSAIS INICIAIS - Copia

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

5 PANORAMICA INICIAL - Copia

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

Tooth 38 in a horizontal position, impacted

Reabsorption of the alveolar ridges.

6 LAMINOGRAFIA INICIAL - Copia

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

7 TELEPERFIL

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

8 FRONTAL

Patient’s frontal radiograph in habitual occlusion before treatment.

9 C7

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

10 abre e fecha inicial

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

11 RNM INICIAL DIREITA FECH

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

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

11B RNM INICIAL aberta dir

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

12 RNM INICIAL DIR FECH

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

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

12B RNM INICIAL aberta dir

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

13 RNM INICIAL esquerda FEC

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

14B RNM INICIAL esquerda aberta

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

15 frontais iniciais

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

16 REGISTRO INICIAL

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

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

16A ortese inicial so frontal

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

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

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

17 FOTO frontal reinicio de tratamento 1

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

18 FOTO PERFIL reinicio de tratamento 2

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

19 ORTESE REINICIO DE TRATAMENTO

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

20 PANORAMICA COM ORTESE

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

21 LAMINOGRAFIA COM ORTESE

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

22 TELEPERFIL COM ORTESE

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

23 C7 COM ORTESE

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

PATIENT’S ANALYSIS AT THIS STAGE OF THE TREATMENT.

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

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

Remission of symptoms and improvement of  life quality.

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

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

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

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

26 orto 1

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

27 orto 2

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

28 orto 3

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

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

29 retirada da ortese

Removal of the DIO (intra oral device)

30 orto final

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

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

31 oclusais finais

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

32 LAMINOGRAFIA final

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

33 panoramica  final

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

34 TELEPERFIL final

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

NOVA RESSONANCIAS FINAIS

Temporomandibular joints MRI after de finalization of the second phase.

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

The patient no longer has symptoms.

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

36 B radiog laterais comparativas menor

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

35 registro COMPARATIVOS

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

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

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

35 iimagens comparativas de perfil

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

36 iimagens comparativas frontais

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

37 DEPOIMENTO

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

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

38 DEPOIMENTO

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

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

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

39 DEPOIMENTO

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

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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.

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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.”

TMJ Study and Investigation Page. One year of publication

Dear friends,

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

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

INITIAL

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

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

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

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

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Anatomy is the platform on which physiology functions

Sem Título-1

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

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Articular discs recapture with mandibular neurophysiological repositioning

26

Cervical Dystonia or Spasmodic Torticollis: Positive evolution after Neurophysiological Treatment

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

17 COLUNA E PERFIL COMP

Inter relation of Craniomandibular disorders and vertebral spine. Case report

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Tridimensional Orthodontics in the Second Phase of TMJ Pathologies

FINAL

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

FINAL

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

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

Sem Título-1

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

6 BASAL ANTES E APOS O DEM

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

18 comparativas

Patient with Ankylosing Spondylitis and non inflammatory TMJ pathology

15 3D comparativas

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

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

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TMJ Pathologies in Children and Teenagers the Overlooked Diagnosis

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Training in Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ Pathologies

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

e images.

26B LATERAIS COMPARATIVAS LINHA

The Tridimensional Neurophysiological Position of the Mandible in Implant Prosthesis Protocol

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

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

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

Dr. Lidia Yavich

 

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

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.

Only recently, dentistry began to think about the jaw and its association with the skull as a three-dimensional relationship, instead of considering it an isolated structure and evaluated in two dimensions as has been done traditionally.

To properly evaluate the maxillomandibular relationship we should start considering the physiological rest position.

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

The stomathognatic muscles and not the exception

1 FRONTAL Male patient arrived to the clinic for consultation referring a strong pain behind the eyes, nonspecific facial pain, popping in the right temporomandibular joint and crackling on the same side.2 FRONTAL The patient reports tingling and numbness in the cervical spine, tingling sensation in his right shoulder. He also reports pain and stiffness in the back of the neck, shoulder pain and muscular tremor.

The patient had completed an orthodontic treatment and after the removal of the orthodontic device he began to feel the reported symptoms .3 PERFIL Due to the strong symptoms the patient consulted several professionals: clinical dentist, physiotherapist, general practitioner and a orthopedist for the  shoulder pain.

The orthodontist who treated him referred the patient to me, to see if I could help him.

4 MARCAÇÃO DA DOR

Section of the clinical record where the patient marks the pain points

 

Marking the pain points: headache, back of the neck stiffness, pain in the top of the head and in the forehead. Pain behind the eyes and in the back of the neck, popps, nonspecific facial pain, crepitus, dizziness and muscle tremor.

5 DENTESPatient’s habitual occlusion before treatment.

6 OCLUSALPatient’s occlusal superior and inferior view before treatment.

7 PANORAMICA INICIALPatient’s initial panoramic radiograph before treatment.

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

9 TELEPERFILPatient’s lateral radiograph before treatment.

10 FRONTALPatient’s frontal radiograph before treatment.

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

12 ELETROMIOGRAFIA INICIAL

Patient’s 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.

For this record we ask to the patient to open the mouth, close the mouth, clench strong and swallow.

Notice the asymmetry between the right masseter muscle and the left masseter muscle at maximal intercuspal sustained position. The digastric muscles during swallowing are activated before the masseter muscles which should not happen in a functional swallowing.

13 F CINECIO INICIAL

Patient’s initial kinesiographic record shows a significant loss of speed when the patient opens and closes the mouth. There is no coincidence between the neuromuscular trajectories in the sagittal view of the record.

The patient has hypermobile joints and has no limitation in opening the mouth.

13 A RES. ESQ 1 INICIAL MRI: sagittal slice left TMJ closed mouth. This image does not show significant alterations.

13 B RES. ESQ 2 INICIAL MRI: sagittal slice left TMJ closed mouth, this more medial slice shows the compression and the retroposition of the mandibular condyle. We can observe a facet on the top of the mandibular head.

REMEMBER THAT we are looking at a two-dimensional image and we have to understand that the COMPRESSION IS TRIDIMENSIONAL.

13 C RES. DIR 1 INICIAL  MRI: sagittal slice right TMJ closed mouth, this medial slice shows the compression and the retroposition of the mandibular condyle. We can observe a facet on the top of the mandibular head.

REMEMBER THAT we are looking at a two-dimensional image and we have to understand that the COMPRESSION IS TRIDIMENSIONAL.

13 D RES. DIR 2 INICIAL MRI: sagittal slice right TMJ closed mouth, in this medial slice is even more evident the compression and the retroposition of the mandibular condyle. We can observe a facet on the top of the mandibular head.

REMEMBER THAT we are looking at a two-dimensional image and we have to understand that the COMPRESSION IS TRIDIMENSIONAL.

13 E RESFRONTAIS INICIAIS

MRI: frontal slice from the right and left TMJ, closed mouth in habitual occlusion before treatment.

The right TMJ frontal slice makes clear a loss of joint space especially on the lateral pole.region  In both frontal images we can notice the reduction of the joint space.

13G REGISTRO NEUROFISIOLOGICOTo 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 and not the exception

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

14 ORTESE INICIAL With this data we constructed a DIO (intraoral device), to keep the three-dimensionally recorded position. This device must be tested electromyographically to objectively measure the patient.

Of course checking the patient’s symptoms is important, but the surface electromyography objectively shows if the muscular function improved, worst or did not change.

15 ELETROMIOGRAFIA COM O DIO Patient’s electromyographic record with the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position.

Note the symmetry of the masseter muscles. The digastric muscles DON’T ACTIVATE before the masseter muscles during swallowing. This implies that the patient closes the teeth and swallows and not the contrary as the first record in habitual occlusion.

16 CINCECIO COM DIO Patient’s kinesiographic record with the DIO (intraoral device): there has been an improvement in speed and COINCIDENCE in the trajectories when he opens and closes the mouth.17 FRONTAIS COMPARATIVAS Patient’s frontal radiographs comparison: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position.

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

19 TELERADIOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVASPatient’s lateral radiographs comparison: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position.

In the middle of the treatment I referred the patient to a physical terapist for a postural reprogramming.

With the jaw in a neurophysiological position the physiotherapist colleague worked on the rest of the muscular chains. The patient also presented an incipient discopathy at the level of C3 and C6.

20 PANORAMICAS COMPARATIVASPatient’s panoramic radiograph comparison: before treatment and during the neurophysiological treatment.20 A cinesiografias COMPARATIVAS Kinesiographic records comparison: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position.

Note the improvement of the speed and the COINCIDENCE in the opening and closing trajectories.

20 A ELETROMIOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVAS Electromyography records comparison: in habitual occlusion before treatment and with the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position.

Note the symmetry of the masseter muscles, the digastric muscles DON’T ACTIVATE before the masseter muscles during swallowing. This implies that the patient closes the teeth and swallows and not the contrary as the first record in habitual occlusion before treatment.

21 ORTO The patient did not complained from pain and the other symptoms he had in the beginning of the treatment.The electromyography and kinesiographic records objectively showed the muscular function improvement.

We decided to start the SECOND PHASE of the treatment.

For this we used a three-dimensional orthodontics, where the teeth are erupted towards the new neurophysiological position. This procedure  will allow us, following the technical steps to remove the DIO.

22 ORTO 2  In the  second phase, in this case the three-dimentional orthodontics  the patient is monitored and electronically deprogrammed and many times the device is recalibrate to maintain the position obtained in the first phase.

23 ORTO Sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

24 ORTO Sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

25 ORTO Sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

26 ORTO Sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

27 ORTO Sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

28 ORTO2 Sequence of the second phase (in this specific clinical case).

29 ORTO

Second phase completed!

39 panoramica finalPatient’s panoramic radiograph after the finalization of the three-dimensional orthodontics.

30 ress comparativa frontal dir 1 MRI: Comparison of the frontal section of the RIGHT TMJ closed mouth  before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  RIGHT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint, especially in the lateral pole.

30 ress comparativa frontal dir 1 flecha

MRI: Comparison of the frontal section of the RIGHT TMJ closed mouth  before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  RIGHT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint, especially in the lateral pole. Note the arrows.

31 ress comparativa frontal esq 1 MRI: Comparison of the frontal section of the LEFT TMJ closed mouth, before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  LEFT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint.31 ress comparativa frontal esq flecha 1MRI: Comparison of the frontal section of the LEFT TMJ closed mouth, before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  LEFT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint. Note the arrows.32 ressonancia comparativa 1 MRI: Comparison of the sagittal section of the LEFT TMJ closed mouth, before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  LEFT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint.33 ressonancia comparativa 2

MRI: Comparison of the sagittal section of the LEFT TMJ closed mouth, before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  LEFT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint.

34 ressonancia comparativadir 1 int

MRI: Comparison of the sagittal section of the RIGHT  TMJ closed mouth, before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  RIGHT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint.

Improvement in the relationship between the mandibular condyle and the articular disk.

35 ressonancia comparativadir 2int MRI: Comparison of the sagittal section of the RIGHT TMJ closed mouth, before neurophysiological treatment, and the same  RIGHT TMJ closed mouth  after the COMPLETION OF THE SECOND PHASE with the three-dimensional orthodontics.

Note the decompression of the temporomandibular joint.

Improvement in the relationship between the mandibular condyle and the articular disk.36 eletromiografia final Patient’s electromyography record in neurophysiological occlusion AFTER THE FINALIZATION OF THE THREE DIMENSIONAL ORTHODONTICS.

Note the symmetry of the masseter muscles.

The digastric muscles DO NOT ACTIVATE before the masseter muscles during swallowing. This implies that the patient closes the teeth and swallows and not the contrary as the first record in habitual occlusion before treatment..

This means that the objectives achieved in the FIRST PHASE with the DIO in neurophysiological position were held after the finalization of the THREE DIMENSIONAL ORTHODONTICS.

37 eletromiografia comparativas Patient’s electromyography records comparison:

Before the treatment in habitual occlusion.

With the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position, during the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

 AFTER THE FINALIZATION OF THE THREE DIMENSIONAL ORTHODONTICS.38 laterais comparativas

Patient’s lateral radiograph comparison:

Before the treatment in habitual occlusion.

With the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position, during the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

 AFTER THE FINALIZATION OF THE THREE DIMENSIONAL ORTHODONTICS.

38 laterais comparativas 1

 Maxillomandibular values comparison: 

Before the treatment in habitual occlusion.

With the DIO (intraoral device), in neurophysiological position, during the FIRST PHASE of the treatment.

 AFTER THE FINALIZATION OF THE THREE DIMENSIONAL ORTHODONTICS.

41 OCLUSAO FINALIn a recent revision after two years of completion of the SECOND PHASE with the three dimensional, I registered the habitual patient’s occlusion.

The patient continues free of symptoms.

In the postural mandible position and its complex three-dimensional relationship with the maxilla little details are essentials, especially in a hypermobile joint patient.

It is not a case of deep bite, not a case where simply moving the incisive guide anteriorly could solve the problem.

In the  images the three-dimensional compression in this patient looks SUBTLE, but no less devastating.

Each case is different and every human being is a unique individual.

patient testimony

 In the first evaluation, Dr. Lidia was very helpful explaining to me all the method of the treatment and what was necessary to achieve the expected results.

 Along the way, I had neither more headaches nor joint pain, I was pain free.

Everyone in the team was very devoted to my treatment, and I had in the end an excellent result.

Today I am very grateful to Dr. Lidia and her team for all the attention.

Big huge to everyone from clinica my.

TMJ Pathologies in Children and Teenagers the Overlooked Diagnosis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mild irregularity of the bone cortical.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

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

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

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

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

Other slice of the same MRI:

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

Mild irregularity of the bone cortical.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

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

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

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

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

Other slice of the same MRI:

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

Mild irregularity of the bone cortical.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

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

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

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

17 ressonancia

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

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

Superior flattening, anterior marginal osteofhyte.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

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

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

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

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

Other slice of the same MRI:

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

Superior flattening, anterior marginal osteofhyte.

Anterior dislocation of the articular disc.

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

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

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

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

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

Remember ANATOMY IS THE PLATFORM WHERE PHYSIOLOGY PERFORMS.

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

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

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

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

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

This record is three-dimensional.

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

Trunk antepulsion position improved;

Improvement of the shoulder anterior rotation;

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

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

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

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

Improvement  of the cervical spine physiological curve.

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

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

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

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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

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

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment

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

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

40 RNM AFTER TREATMENT

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

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

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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

42 RNM AFTER TREATMENT

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

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

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

LET’S REMEMBER THE IMAGES OF THE INITIAL MRI

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

Comparative MRI images after the first phase of the treatment.

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

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

Observe the positive remodeling of the cortical bone.

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

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

The structures continue to improve.

46 3 RIGHT TMJ

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

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

47 LEFT TMJ

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

The structures continue to improve.

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

We need to know:

Has the TMJ  a pathologic condition?

If positive, which structures are damaged?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 frontal  Male patient 42 years old arrived to the clinic referring a strong complaint because of  the wear in his upper and  lower arch teeth, frequent breakage of teeth, intense bruxism, shoulder pain and pain in the cervical spine.2 perfil The patient reports an aesthetic problem in his appearance in relation to his frontal  and  profile semblance, and emphasizes that his teeth “are almost over.”3 DENTES In the image of the patient’s habitual occlusion we can observe the intense wear of the upper and lower teeth, especially the anterior sector.

The patient had consulted a colleague to replace an adhesive fixed prosthesis. This colleague,  Dr. Joao Souza  was then attending the TMJ  Pathologies Megarresidency program in our clinic in Porto Alegre.

Dr. Joao Souza while looking at the profile, occlusion and wear condition of the teeth, suggested a consultation in our clinic for an evaluation of both the TMJ and also  the non-surgical possibilities within the neurophysiological philosophy.

The patient had already a scheduled orthognathic surgery, but still considered interesting to make another assessment of his clinic case.4 OCLUSAL Analizing the occlusal view we can better see the high degree of wear and tear of the anterior upper and lower teeth.5 PANORAMICA INICIAL We can observe in the panoramic radiograph the absence of the dental elements 17, 15, 26, 28, 37, 36 and 45.

The elements 38 and 47 are endodontically  treated.6 LAMINOGRAFIA Patient’s TMJ laminography in habitual occlusion: we can observe the inferior and posterior positioning of the articular process on the left side, in the articular fossa, when the jaw is in maximal intercuspal position.

In the maximum opening position we can observe the flattening of the anterior surface of the right articular process. We can also observe the anterior angulation of the articular process, on the left side, with the flattening of its posterior and upper anterior surface.7 PERFIL E ROSTO Lateral radiograph in conjunction with the profile image of the patient before the treatment. This images highlight the aesthetic problem that afflicts the patient.8 FRONTAL INICIAL Patient’s frontal radiograph before treatment.9 C7 INICIAL Patient’s lateral radiograph and cervical spine before treatment.10 ELETROMIOGRAFIA INICIAL ANTES DO DEM Electromyographic record before electronic deprogramming in the first consultation: slightly elevated activity of the left masseter muscle  and both digastrics muscles at rest.

All these masticatory muscles lowered their values after the electronic deprogramming.11 ELETROMIOGRAFIA INICIAL APÓS DEM In this record we can see a decrease in the activity of masticatory muscles at rest after the electronic deprogramming.12 ELETROMIOGRAFIA INICIAIS COMPARATIVASComparative electromyographic records before and after electronic deprogramming of the patient first consultation.7 PERFIL E ROSTOAfter the mandibular electronic deprogramming, it was verified the pathological increase of the interocclusal free space. This information, along all the auxiliary diagnostic tests, allowed us to propose a non-surgical neurophysiological treatment for the patient.

First we needed to locate the jaw in balance with the muscles with a DIO (intraoral device) built in neurophysiological position.

Subsequently we needed to perform a three-dimensional orthodontics to maintain the neurophysiological position in conjunction with a neurophysiological rehabilitation while maintaining the muscle equilibrium  initially obtained. For this it is essential to measure and control the patient in each and all of these phases.

In this patient specific clinic case  the recovery of the free interocclusal space would provide very good aesthetic and functional result!

IT IS NOT IN ALL CASES that surgery can be avoided (EACH CASE IS A CASE) and even similar cases require a personalized assessment and a unique study.

The patient was informed of all treatment stages and analyzing all the alternatives the patient accepted our clinical proposal.

An MRI, (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to analyze the disk and ligaments  condition of the TMJ, (temporomandibular joint) was requested. The MRI revealed that the discs and ligaments were in good health.

13 a It was used neural transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) in the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve (V) to relax the masticatory muscles and record the rest position of the jaw.

The patient had a pathological free space of 8 mm and a retrusion of 3.8 mm.

This three-dimensional mandibular rest position had been recorded in the form of an occlusal bite registration, which was later used to construct a DIO (intraoral device).13 Registration for the recalibration of the DIO (intraoral device) during the first phase of the neurophysiological treatment.14 ORTESE RECALIBRADA The DIO (intraoral device) is a removable mandibular device which in this case must be used during the day and night by the patient, including in the meals. This oral appliance is tested electromyographically and magnetographically to support this neurophysiological position.15 PERFIS COMPARATIVOSPatient profile images in habitual occlusion and in neurophysiological occlusion with the DIO (intraoral device) in mouth. 16 FRONTAL COMPARATIVOSPatient frontal images in habitual occlusion and in neurophysiological occlusion with the DIO (intraoral device) in mouth.19 PANORAMICA PREPARO PARA IMPLANTES 1Patient’s panoramic radiograph shows the orthodontic preparation for the installation of dental implants.19b PANORAMICA IMPLANTES 1Patient’s panoramic radiograph after the placement of first dental implants.20 ORTO 1After the placement of the dental implants I began the orthodontic movement for reconstruction of the anterior teeth with composite resin.21 REABILITAÇÃO E ORTO E IMPLANTESAfter the anterior movement of the anterior teeth the braces were temporarily removed to allow the reconstruction of the teeth with composite resin.

This rehabilitation was performed by Dr. Joao Souza following all the neurophysiological protocols.22 ORTESE NOVA REABILITAÇÃO E ORTO E IMPLANTESAfter the reconstruction with composite resin of the anterior sector, the orthodontic appliance was reinstalled and a new DIO (intraoral device) was constructed in neurophysiological position.

The adhesive prosthesis of the lower right sector was removed and an implant was installed.15b RADIOGRAFIAS LATERAIS COMPARATIVASPatient’s comparative lateral radiographs in habitual occlusion before treatment and in neurophysiological occlusion during treatment.16 bRADIOGRAFIAS FRONTAL COMPARATIVASPatient’s comparative frontal radiographs in habitual occlusion before treatment and in neurophysiological occlusion during treatment.17 LAMINOGRAFIAS CONTROLEThe TMJ laminography in neurophysiological occlusion shows the inferior and anterior positioning of the articular processes in the articular fossa when the jaw is in maximal intercuspal position.18 LAMINOGRAFIAS COMPARATIVASTMJ comparative laminographies: before and during neurophysiological treatment.24 ORTESE NOVA REABILITAÇÃO E ORTO E IMPLANTES 2 Sequence of the orthodontic treatment: preparation for the installation of the lower prosthetic implant.25 ORTESE NOVA REABILITAÇÃO E ORTO E IMPLANTES 3 Installation of the provisional element in the lower implant and the brace placement on the same element.26 ORTESE NOVA REABILITAÇÃO E ORTO E IMPLANTES 4 Sequence of orthodontic treatment for the active eruption of the posterior sectors.27 ORTESE NOVA REABILITAÇÃO E ORTO E IMPLANTES 5   Sequence of the orthodontic treatment for alignment and leveling of the lower anterior teeth for reconstruction with composite resin.28 ORTO 6 Sequence of the orthodontic treatment for alignment and leveling of the lower anterior teeth for reconstruction with composite resin.30  Finalization of all the phases of the neurophysiological treatment.30b Upper and lower occlusal view in the finalization of the neurophysiological treatment.31 COMP Comparative images of the patient’s occlusion before and after the neurophysiological treatment.31B Comparative images of the patient’s upper and lower occlusal views before and after the neurophysiological treatment.32 panoramicas comparativasComparative panoramic radiographs: before treatment and after the neurophysiological treatment, that included  the first phase, the three-dimensional orthodontics and the neurophysiological rehabilitation.

In the course of the treatment it was decided to install two posterior implants The lower due to an infectious process in the third molar, on the right, and the other implant, superior, on the same side, to better support the joint.33 laminografias comparativasPatient’s TMJ comparative laminographies: before, during and after neurophysiological treatment.34teles comparativasPatient’s lateral comparative radiographs: before, during and after neurophysiological treatment.35 frontais comparativos 22 Patient’s frontal comparative images: before, during and after neurophysiological treatment.36 perfis comparativos 2Patient’s profile comparative images: before, during and after neurophysiological treatment.37 posterThe importance of Mandibular Rest Position by Electronic Deprogramming in the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Pathologies, Orthodontic Diagnosis and Oral Rehabilitation. Case report.38 depoimento

I had already decided to have surgery for facial correction due to various problems such as wear of the teeth, bruxism, tingling, physical imbalance, pain and bad appearance.

In a consultation for a small dental procedure with Dr. Joao Souza, I was advised by him to get in contact with Dr. Lidia Yavich for a consultation in order to see if there was any chance, in my case, to avoid surgery and solve the problems I was having.

In the first consultation that I had with Dr. Lidia Yavich I was introduced to a facial and dental correction technique that gave me more security than surgery.

Dr. Lidia stated that THERE WERE CASES WHERE SURGERY WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, but that in my case there could be another alternative.

So, I started the treatment, and THAT really changed my daily life completely. Today I am very happy with the result achieved and the quality of life provided due to the disappearance of the above-reported symptoms.

I would like to place on record that in addition to the professionalism of the entire team of Clinica MY, especially Dr. Lidia, I had the privilege to make great friendships with special people, that will always be a part of my life. I also want to leave a special thanks to Dr.  Joao Souza, that with his recommendation made all this possible because he always strives for quality and the well-being of his patients.

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

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

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

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

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

1B HELENA DE MATTOS

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

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

Patient’s testimony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 PANORAMICA

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

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

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

Extensive restoration in the 13, 24 e44 dental elements.

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

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

Elongation of the left styloid process.

5 LAMINOGRAFIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patient’s testimony

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

6 TELE PERFIL

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

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

7 C7

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

Patient’s testimony:

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

7B C7 2

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

7D FRONTAL 8 A DENTES ORTOSE

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

8 B eletromiografia em oc. habitual

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

8C fotos comparativas frontais

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

10B PANORAMICA implantes 1

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

10C panoramicas comparativas

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

9 dentes cavidades

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

10 dentes prov e inicio da ortodontia

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

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

11 preparo ortodontico setor anterior

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

12 preparo protese-1

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

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

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

16 terminado

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

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

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

16B oclusal final 17 laminografia final

Laminography showing the tridimensional decompression of the mandibular heads.

18 laminografias comparativas

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

19 PANORAMICA final

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

20 panoramicas comparativas

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

21 comparativas frontais

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

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Intraoral photographs before and after treatment.

21 comparativas laterais

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

22 postura comparativa

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

dEPOIMENTO 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

dEPOIMENTO 2

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

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

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

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

FINAL