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Parameters of Physiologic Mandibular Health
There are certain known standards of functional and physiologic health to which all in the health care profession should work toward. None should accept less. There are parameters and standards to which the profession recognizes as healthy function. Masticatory dysfunction and impairments are known to contribute and combine physical disabilities. The dental professional should not add to one’s physical impairment, TMD disability and or further one’s masticatory dysfunction. Therefore it is imperative that the lay person understand each dentist’s approach, method, techniques and philosophy used in treating your case whether it is so called “non-invasive” or “surgical”.
All dental or surgical procedures that involve the masticatory muscles, temporomandibular joints and teeth/occlusion will impact the qualify of your health whether for the better or for the worse, so pay attention. This is your life!
Normal Healthy mandibular range of movements on humans are:
- 36-44 mm with a maximum opening up to 60 mm (inter incisal distance)
- 10-12 mm on lateral excursive jaw movement
- 6-9 mm on protrusive movement
Travell & Simons’ Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Chapter 5 Overview of Head and Neck Region by David G. Simons, Janet G. Travell, Lois S. Simons Textbook.
Questions to Ask Your Treating Doctors:
- Will this treatment method help improve my quality of life?
- Will this treatment approach move my condition toward physiologic health or will it contribute to further impairment, disability and or masticatory dysfunction?
- Do they know what are the physiologic functional post surgical parameters of a successful jaw joint surgery is?
- Will condylar joint replacement promise healthy and normal physiologic mandibular range of motion?
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