We might feel pain in one part of the body even though its cause lies somewhere else. Pain caused by abnormal occlusion (the way the upper and lower teeth fit together) is therefore not always felt in the mouth. If the jaw joint is misaligned, pain can also be felt beyond the face.
In a functional diagnosis, the masticatory muscles, jaw, teeth and periodontium are analysed. We achieve this with a computer-aided diagnostic method based on ultrasound. This enables us to evaluate the functional state of the jaw joints. An examination by touch is also carried out on the muscles to determine trigger points (tense areas in the muscles).
In addition to this diagnostic method, we use the DIR (Dynamics and Intraoral Registration) system. This is a direct and internal method of diagnosing the jaw function that registers movements. The signals are converted and transferred to a computer-aided system, which consists of a measuring sensor, measuring amplifier and an electronic XY measuring table automatically controlled by stepper motors.
Through functional diagnostics, we can determine whether our patient has a craniomandibular dysfunction.
If you would like more information about functional diagnostics in our dental clinic, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
We carry out the functional analysis if the patient has problems or pain in the masticatory apparatus, or on a prophylactic basis prior to large-scale dental restoration work.
Therapy may be required following the functional analysis. In this case, a bite splint is used. This differs from a grinding splint.
The bite splint is individually adapted to the patient following the results of the functional analysis. There are several different types.
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