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Functional diagnostics by your dentist in the Tirschenreuth district – craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD)

Craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD) is a functional disorder of the masticatory system, the so-called craniomandibular system. Even the slightest changes in the components of the masticatory system, i.e. the jaw joints, masticatory muscles and teeth, can lead to an imbalance in the interaction and cause CMD.

Our dentist Sandra von Knippenberg has specialised in temporomandibular joint function diagnostics. In the diagnosis and therapy of craniomandibular dysfunction, we are therefore always up to date with the latest developments in our dental practice in Erbendorf (Tirschenreuth district) – and you are right where you need to be.

craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD)

What are the symptoms of craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD)?

Many people suffer from a functional disorder of the masticatory system. It does not always lead to complaints, as the chewing apparatus can adapt to a certain degree via the muscles or joints. Only when the limits of adaptation are exceeded do complaints occur.

Our body is very complex so that the symptoms of CMD do not have to occur where it originates.

Rather, craniomandibular dysfunction can trigger a variety of complaints throughout the human body:

  • Pain and impairment in the temporomandibular joint
  • Movement restrictions of the lower jaw
  • Unexplained toothache
  • Facial pain / headache
  • Muscle pain (face, neck, neck, shoulder)
  • Back pain and chronic tension
  • Ear noise

These complaints sound familiar? Then you should consider a functional analysis at the dentist! In our dental practice, we can find out whether the complaints are symptoms of CMD.

Your appointment for functional diagnostics

Make an appointment with Zahnärzte am Steinwald in Erbendorf! We are your contact in the region around Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Tirschenreuth, Grafenwoerth and Marktredwitz for functional analysis and treatment of craniomandibular dysfunction. Get to know our dentists and the practice team personally and benefit from our extensive services. We look forward to your call +49 (0) 9682 / 855.

Questions about temporomandibular joint disorders

What is functional diagnosis?

The diagnosis is made by the dentist using a clinical functional analysis and a manual structural analysis as well as imaging procedures such as 3D digital x-rays with DVT if necessary. This means that all areas of the masticatory apparatus are thoroughly examined by our dentist in order to determine the exact causes of the functional disorder. The functional diagnostic is a private service that is not covered by health insurance companies. However, since it can be used to treat the complaints in a targeted manner, it is not only recommended for privately insured persons.

What is done during CMD therapy?

The most effective immediate and permanent measure after a functional analysis is a bite splint, which is individually adjusted and ground in our practice laboratory for each patient and his diagnosis. Depending on the cause of functional disorder, further treatment measures can also provide relief.

These include, for example:

  • Production of precisely fitting dentures to close gaps between teeth
  • Placement of ceramic inlays or crowns
  • Minor corrections to existing dentures
  • Oral surgical removal of tilted teeth
  • Orthodontic treatment to correct malocclusions
  •  And many more

Can headaches and backaches really be related to my teeth?

Yes, the entire oral system is also called the stress organ. During the night, the body relieves the stress of the day, which usually manifests itself in teeth grinding or clenching. This can create forces up to 500 kg. This enormous force is dissipated via the descending muscle chain – jaw, neck and shoulder. This often leads to muscle tension and neck and shoulder pain. Headaches can also be a consequence, these are caused by the tension of the chewing muscles above the ears.

Why does my jaw joint crack when I yawn or chew?

A certain amount of joint damage is already present if the jaw is cracking. The temporomandibular joint is constructed like many other joints. Bones, intervertebral discs, tendons. In most cases, both the ligamentous apparatus and the intervertebral disc are already damaged when cracking. The body is a compensation artist, which can cushion this damage for a long time. However, at some point the “straw that broke the camels back” comes. After the individual compensation limit, the resulting damage becomes painful. However, the treatment options are then usually limited or extremely extensive.

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