The Craniomandibular Institute is directed by Dr. Eduardo Vázquez Rodríguez and Dr. Eduardo Vázquez Delgado. Founded more than 35 years ago, it was the first national multidisciplinary center for the treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJD) and Orofacial Pain.
This syndrome is a group of diseases related to the jaw joints, its musculature and the structures associated with both.
Treatments for TMJ Syndrome
A single type of treatment is usually not enough to treat this type of pathology, the collaboration of several medical specialists is essential.
The discharge splint, the main treatment, is a device that the patient places over the teeth, usually during sleep. There are different types and their design must be individualized to the patient’s pathology with an exhaustive craniomandibular study.
The infiltrations of joint regenerative substances such as Plasma Rich in Growth Factors (PRGF) have been a medical advance in the treatment.
Physiotherapy of the TMJ is a very helpful manual treatment. On the other hand, it is very important that the patient undergoes jaw tension control techniques. Relaxation and reduction of daily stress is one of the best ways to help the muscles and joints of the jaw and cervical area recover. Sometimes, pharmacotherapy is necessary.
In very specific cases, occlusal rehabilitation is necessary to correct the malocclusion. TMJ surgery is not necessary, if diagnosed in time and treated properly. It should only be considered in cases in which conservative treatment is not possible or the expected results have not been obtained.