The stomatognathic system is made up of the teeth, the temporo-mandibular joints, and the neuromuscular system. Disharmony in the system can generate headaches and other painful symptoms.
The term malocclusion describes a lack of matching between the upper (maxillary) and lower (mandibular) teeth. Imperfect occlusion of the dental arches, as well as leading to masticatory problems, can produce functional or morphological disharmony which cause symptoms in other areas of the body; for example: pain in the neck or other areas of the spinal column, muscular-tension headaches and tinnitus. The strength of these symptoms depends on the severity of the problem.
The treatment methods we use vary depending on the clinical diagnosis formulated during the specialist consultation and on the basis of instrumental examination such as MRI, ATM stratigraphy, EMG and studio models mounted in an articulator.
Often “bite-plane” treatment is suggested, an occlusal device for the treatment of cranial-mandibular dysfunction, however this is only appropriate for certain types of dysfunction. If applied improperly, as well as not helping the patient, it worsens the painful symptoms.