Treatment of Craniomandibular Dysfunction (CMD)
For years, one of our main aims has focused on the analysis and treatment of malfunctioning masticatory systems. To ensure long-term success, it is especially important to have a trained view of the entire structure before prosthetic restorations.
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that are characterized by the following indications or habits:
- Grinding and clenching of the teeth, especially at night and/or when tense
- Cracks in the enamel of the front teeth or jagged incisors edges
- Breaking off of tooth fragments at the gum line or parts of existing fillings or veneered crowns
- Pain in the head and face area (especially in the cheeks and temple, typically moderately strong, but repeatedly in the same location)
- Popping sounds in the jaw joints (especially if this is connected to restricted movement)
- Uneven and asymmetrical movement of the lower jaw
- Restricted movement of the entire mouth.
These diseases are sometimes collectively referred to as “TMJ” disorder. Besides caries and periodontal diseases, such conditions are among the most frequent dental problems. Unlike tooth decay or diseases of the periodontal apparatus, symptoms of masticatory dysfunction can only be seen at a late stage. Such symptoms are thus detected late and first treated when significant functional limitations and/or even pain occur. Also here, interdisciplinary treatment with an orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist or osteopath is of great importance.