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