Sabtu, 18 Mei 2013

Dental irregularities(Irregularly arranged teeth and proclination) corrected with Bridges

This patient presented to my clinic complaining of irregularities in the upper teeth with proclination which she did not want to go for a orthodontic correction of teeth. She needed a retroclination of upper teeth and rough correction. 
I have done a thorough analysis of her dentition and  periodontal condition. She was planned to give bride correcting proclination and irregularities.
Initially I have done scaling and Root canal debridement to improve her periodontal health as an adjunctive. She was monitored for more than 1 and half months. By the time I have done Root cananl treatments for upper central and lateral incisors where most of the tooth material are removed during tooth preparation. RCT's were monitored for more than 2 months.
Finally the tooth preparation was done and Bridge was made from upper canine to canine correcting proclination as well as the irregularities.
At the moment she is on continuous review.

Dental Treatments in sri lanka , Crown and Bridges, Dental irregularities(Irregularly arranged teeth and proclination) corrected with Bridges

Sabtu, 11 Mei 2013

The Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) normal anatomy and Pathology with Radiographic features

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a diarthrodial joint, formed by the squamous portion of the temporal bone and the condyle of the mandible. These two osseous elements are enclosed into a fibrous capsule and articulate with each other by an interposed disc of connective tissue. The disc is fixed to the articular capsule and the lateral margins of the condyle. The joint cavity is therefore divided into an upper and a lower compartment. A synovial membrane lines the inner side of the capsule and disc, except for the articulating surfaces. Synovial fluid produced by this lining membrane fills the joint compartments.
The TMJ is responsible for all movements of the jaw, which take place in different orthogonal planes and around multiple axes of rotation. In these movements, the articular disc plays a major role in compensating the incongruities of the articular surfaces. In the mandibular opening-closing movement, for instance, the condylar head rotates and translates relative to the temporal bone with a simultaneous gliding of the disc. Several theories have been proposed to explain the mechanism that coordinates the disc-condyle complex during jaw movements.The biomechanical properties of the disc are largely involved in this coordination.

Normal Radiographic anatomy of TMJ
Normal Radiographic anatomy of TMJ 

Normal Radiographic anatomy of TMJ
Normal Radiographic anatomy of TMJ

Internal Derangements
  • General orthopedic term implying a mechanical fault that interferes with the smooth action of a joint
  • The most common internal derangement is disc displacement
Clinical Features
  • Clicking sounds from joint(s)
  •  Restricted or normal mouth opening capacity
  • Deviation on opening
  • Pain

Imaging Features
  • Anterior disc displacement: posterior band of the disc located anterior to the superior portion of the condyle at closed mouth on oblique sagittal images
  •  Disc may have normal (biconcave) or deformed morphology
  •  In opened mouth position disc may be in a normal position (“with reduction”) or continue to be displaced (“without reduction”)

Partial anterior disk displacement at baseline

Complete anterior disc displacement
Lateral disk displacement and normal bone

Medial disk displacement

Posterior disk displacement

  • Non-inflammatory focal degenerative disorder of synovial joints, primarily affecting articular cartilage and sub-condylar bone; initiated by deterioration of articular soft-tissue cover and exposure of bone.
Clinical Features
  • Crepitation sounds from joint(s)
  • Restricted or normal mouth opening capacity
  •  Pain or no pain from joint areas and/or of mastication muscles
  • Occasionally, joints may show inflammatory signs
  •  Women more frequent than men

anteriorly displaced and deformed, degenerated disc  and irregular cortical outline with osteophytosis and sclerosis of condyle .

Advanced osteoarthritis and anterior disc displacement, with joint effusion
Bone Marrow Abnormalities
  • Bone marrow edema: serum proteins within marrow interstitium surrounded by normal hematopoietic marrow.
  • Osteonecrosis: complete loss of hematopoietic marrow.

Imaging Features
       Abnormal signal on T2-weighted image from condyle marrow: increased signal indicates marrow edema; reduced signal indicates marrow sclerosis or fibrosis
       Combination of marrow edema signal and marrow sclerosis signal in condyle most reliable sign for histologic diagnosis of osteonecrosis
       Marrow sclerosis signal may indicate advanced osteoarthritis without osteonecrosis, or osteonecrosi

Bone marrow abnormalities

  • Inflammation of synovial membrane characterized by edema, cellular accumulation, and synovial proliferation (villous formation).
Clinical Features
  • Swelling of joint area, not frequently seen in TMJ
  •  Pain (in active disease) from joints
  • Restricted mouth opening capacity
  •  Morning stiffness, in particular stiff neck
  •  Dental occlusion problems; “my bite doesn’t fit”
  •  Crepitation due to secondary osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Psoriatic arthropathy

Psoriatic arthropathy

Inflammatory arthritis


Growth disturbances of TMJ

Condylar hyperplasia and facial asymmetry

Bifid condyle

inflammatory and tumor like conditions

Benign tumors like TMJ

Synovial chondromatosis



Malignant tumors