Special Issue "TMJ Dysfunctions and Systemic Correlations"

A special issue of Journal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology (ISSN 2411-5142). This special issue belongs to the section "Sport Medicine and Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Luca Fiorillo Website E-Mail
1. Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences, Morphological and Functional Images, University of Messina, Policlinico G. Martino, Via Consolare Valeria, 98100 Me, Italy
2. Multidisciplinary Department of Medical-Surgical and Dental Specialties, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy
Interests: biomaterials; oral surgery; implantology; oral pathology; bioengineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Special Issue is to promote knowledge and the correlation between the temporomandibular joint and all of the postural dysfunctions or those affecting the spine. Many occlusal correlations in recent years have been found to be responsible for the alterations affecting the posture of our patients, or for the musculoskeletal pain in other districts. Inter-specific orthopedic–orthodontic treatment, in some cases, has been proven to be effective in resolving these situations. Everything related to functional dental orthopedic therapy, TMJ surgical therapy, and more clinical or other information about these correlations, is the subject of the Special Issue.

Dr. Luca Fiorillo
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • posture
  • TMJ
  • orthodontic
  • orthopedic
  • vertebral column
  • physiatry
  • interdisciplinary approach
  • orthodontic treatment
  • orthognathic surgery

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Elastics Selector Gauge as Orthodontics Device Applied to Inter-Maxillary Traction during Malocclusion Correction
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4(3), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk4030063 - 26 Aug 2019
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Elastics are the simplest device that can be used during a class correction in orthodontics, and despite the simplicity of a latex band, they are very effective and powerful. The resultant inter-maxillary force affects not only the teeth, but even the mandibular position, [...] Read more.
Elastics are the simplest device that can be used during a class correction in orthodontics, and despite the simplicity of a latex band, they are very effective and powerful. The resultant inter-maxillary force affects not only the teeth, but even the mandibular position, and consequently the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). The purpose of our work is to simplify the use of elastics, and to reduce the amount of inventory for orthodontists, because there is a lot of merceology available on the market, and different ways of using the elastics. The use of elastics in clinical practice is based on the force extension values, which are given by the manufacturer for the different sizes of the elastics, generally when they are stretched to three times their lumen size. Various configurations allow for the correction of different malocclusions. We propose a new classification and a new device, the elastic selector gauge, in order to allow clinicians to quickly and easily choose the right elastic in all conditions. Full article
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Correlations between Malocclusion and Postural Anomalies in Children with Mixed Dentition
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4(3), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk4030045 - 19 Jul 2019
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The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between malocclusion and body posture anomalies. The original sample involved 127 children (45 males and 82 females) with mixed dentition. Clinical examination of oral cavity was performed by an orthodontist, who recorded [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between malocclusion and body posture anomalies. The original sample involved 127 children (45 males and 82 females) with mixed dentition. Clinical examination of oral cavity was performed by an orthodontist, who recorded molar and canine relationship, cross-bite, lower middle-line deviation, and centric relation (CR) considering mono or bilateral contacts in CR. Orthopedic examination of the body posture was clinically carried out by an orthopedist who detected anomalies such as scoliosis, false scoliosis or paramorphism, kyphosis and lordosis. Of the 127 subjects of the sample, 18 children were orthopedically normal, 80 patients had false scoliosis, 22 scoliosis and 7 showed kyphosis. In our study, we don’t consider the 7 patients with kyphosis for the exiguity of the sample; so, our analysis was performed on 120 children (42 males and 78 females). The results obtained revealed that the cross-bite was more frequent when scoliosis became worse. We also found that the relationship between left cross-bite and contralateral side of deviation of the curve of the spine in subjects with scoliosis is statistically significant (p = 0.002). Furthermore, the relationship between lower midline and contralateral side of deviation of the curve of the spine in patients with false scoliosis is statistically significant (p = 0.003). In conclusion, it seems that posture anomalies are correlated to cross-bite and mandible abnormal position. Full article
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TMJ Dysfunctions Systemic Implications and Postural Assessments: A Review of Recent Literature
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2019, 4(3), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk4030058 - 19 Aug 2019
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Cases of correlations between posture and the temporomandibular joint have long been reported in the literature. In particular, occlusal anomalies, and therefore malocclusion, could have negative implications for the spine. The objective of this study was to review the literature and bring to [...] Read more.
Cases of correlations between posture and the temporomandibular joint have long been reported in the literature. In particular, occlusal anomalies, and therefore malocclusion, could have negative implications for the spine. The objective of this study was to review the literature and bring to light any correlations between temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and posturology. The literature search was conducted in the PubMed and Embase scientific search engines with the aim of obtaining the most possible results in the initial search, the number of results initially obtained was 263. Subsequently, the inclusion and exclusion criteria were reduced first to 83 and subsequently to manual analysis of the articles, those included remained only 11. The results show a correlation between anomalies of the TMJ and dysfunctions of the vertebral column. Not all the articles considered are in agreement with each other regarding epidemiological data, but surely this study can represent an important starting point for a much more careful evaluation of the dental patient and at the same time for the request for counseling by a dentist in case of postural abnormalities. Full article
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