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Chronic pain from the temporomandibular joint or bite

Chronic pain from the temporomandibular joint or bite
4. November 2016 Dr. Stefanie Morlok

A slate bite or an ill-fitting jaw can cause great discomfort. One speaks of so-called craniomandibular dysfunctions – CMD.

This can lead to headache, neck pain, but also to far-reaching whole-body pain through the teeth or the jaw. Unfortunately, this is not known to patients or to many therapists and doctors.

The whole is more than logical. If one assumes that the teeth are equipped with the hardest substance of the body and thus dominate the position of the anatomical structures. A slate bite can lead to a distortion in the temporomandibular joints and thus also in the cervical spine. Descending can then show over the pelvis to the soles of aftermath.

But not only the skeleton is affected by such an anatomical distortion, but also the surrounding soft tissue. The musculature can not be placed symmetrically by an oblique bite, and the muscles in the lower abdomen can lead to problems with the body and, of course, pain is possible in all areas. Also the connective tissue or the nerves can be affected by a wrong attitude.

The correlation between fibromyalgia and craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD), ie an oblique bite, is particularly interesting. Fibromyalgia is caused by distortions in the connective tissue. These distortions often originate in a misalignment of the teeth or jaw.

The CMD is treated with bite bars, bite enhancements and orthodontic treatments. It tries to place the bite in the right position with balance, symmetry and harmony. This results in a better position of the cervical spine and thus also of the remaining body posture.

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