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CMD diagnostics: clinical and instrumental functional analysis

Why functional analysis and functional therapy for CMD?

Dentists and CMD dentists are increasingly confronted with functionally caused headaches and facial pain, the symptoms of craniomandibular dysfunction CMD, the treatment of which is complex, requires a great deal of specialist knowledge and the willingness to cooperate across disciplines.

In-depth specialist knowledge of dental functional analysis and therapy for CMD diagnostics, must be acquired through further training, because the topic is so important for the patient CMD and functional diagnostics, is inadequately conveyed during the dentistry degree.

Dental functional analysis and therapy is a classic further education subject in dentistry that is only treated fundamentally during the course.

Statement from the University of Greifswald

Education of the patient: CMD diagnostics are based on three pillars -
Anamnesis, X-ray diagnostics as well as a clinical and instrumental functional analysis.
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Functional analysis for CMD diagnostics

What are functional analysis and therapeutic measures?

Functional analytical and functional therapeutic measures have the purpose of diagnosing and correcting disorders of the function of the teeth, the temporomandibular joints and the masticatory muscles.

1. Clinical and manual functional analysis (FAL) by the dentist

The basis of a well-founded CMD diagnosis is the clinical and manual functional analysis (FAL) by the dentist. This examination includes measures "without the use of instruments", such as the recording of medical history and preliminary examinations, the recording of pain symptoms, misalignments of the teeth or non-physiological ones

Tooth contacts, the examination and palpation of the masticatory muscles as well as the determination of temporomandibular joint noises or restrictions of chewing movement and mouth opening.

As part of the clinical functional analysis, it is also important to clarify the patient's living situation. For example, psycho-emotional stress plays a decisive role in the formation and development of craniomandibular dysfunction.

The instrumental functional analysis is an important addition to the clinical functional analysis.
The jaw joint movements of the patient outside the mouth can be simulated and evaluated in the articulator.
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