Treatment of Craniomandibular Dysfunction / Grinding splint

Do you have worn, chipped or cracked teeth or fillings? Do you suffer from temporomandibular joint and/or facial pain? Craniomandibular dysfunction could be the reason for your discomfort.

The abbreviation CMD stands for Craniomandibular Dysfunction. CMD refers to the painful dysfunction between the skull, jaw and chewing muscles. This affects the whole body and can cause complaints such as TMJ pain, lockjaw, ear pain, neck pain, headaches, back pain.

We perform extensive diagnostics to find the best possible treatment for you.

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We welcome you to Zahnpark Mannheim. Our dental practice is centrally located in Mannheim (M7, house number 16, near the main train station).

In a comfortable atmosphere we offer our customers a wide range of professional treatment options. Our competent team is also personally available for information and questions.

How does craniomandibular dysfunction manifest itself?

The most common symptoms of CMD are jaw pain, tension in the jaw muscles, facial pain, problems opening the mouth and toothache. In addition, many CMD sufferers grind their teeth, causing the enamel to wear away.

Often, CMD is accompanied by symptoms that at first glance do not appear to be related to the masticatory system. Those affected report pain or discomfort in adjacent body regions such as the shoulders, neck or back. The tension in the chewing muscles causes the muscles in the face, head and neck area to also tense up.

Since various diseases and complaints belong to CMD, an interdisciplinary therapy is necessary. In addition to our dentists, orthodontists, physiotherapists and psychotherapists may also be involved in the therapy.

Through the cooperation of the different professions, we can offer you the best possible treatment.

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How can a grinding splint help me?

The grinding splint, or bite splint, is the most important therapeutic measure for CMD. The splint is made individually for you by us. With the splint, your tensions can be relieved and pain can be alleviated. It ensures that your upper and lower jaws are properly aligned again.

Teeth grinding is a widespread functional disorder in the context of CMD. Together with tongue clenching and teeth clenching, it is one of the unconsciously induced movement disorders, which mainly start during sleep. Due to the constant friction of the teeth, it leads to temporomandibular joint disorders and affects not only your dental health, but often the whole body as well.

The grinding splint is a medical device that serves as a kind of protective layer for your teeth. The splint corrects the contact between your teeth of the upper and lower jaw. This prevents the teeth from rubbing and clenching. The resulting damage to the tooth structure, periodontium, temporomandibular joints and muscles is prevented. The interaction of the temporomandibular joints and masticatory musculature is harmonized.

Frequently asked questions about the treatment of CMD

What does craniomandibular dysfunction literally mean?

In the term "craniomandibular dysfunction", "cranio" stands for the skull, "mandibula" for the lower jaw and "dysfunction" for malfunction.

It is a dysfunction in the interaction between the temporomandibular joints, masticatory muscles and teeth.

How will I be found out that I have CMD?

  • Pain in the muscles of mastication / in the jaw
  • Problems with mouth opening
  • Cracking, friction and pain in the jaw joint
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and / or dizziness
  • Teeth grinding
  • Teeth clenching
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Tension in the neck and back
  • Earache
  • Sleep disorders
  • snoring
  • and much more...

What are the types of functional analysis?

We carry out a detailed and comprehensive diagnosis to find out whether you suffer from CMD and what your individual therapy plan should look like.

Functional diagnostics are performed for this purpose. This is a special procedure that uses functional tests to draw conclusions for the early detection of diseases. In this way, we can determine the likelihood of craniomandibular dysfunction in you on the basis of various factors.

What types of functional analysis are there?

If there is a well-founded suspicion of CMD, a functional analysis is performed in order to identify it and subsequently start an individual therapy. A distinction is made between clinical functional analysis and instrumental functional analysis.

In the former, the patient is observed clinically and the function of his masticatory organ is measured, while the latter method takes place with the aid of models, impressions, bites, etc. The patient is then examined by the dentist.

What happens if you don't treat a CMD?

Due to the fact that the jaw is not properly "in the lot", the entire body gets into an imbalance.

Thus, CMD can not only cause tooth and jaw pain, but a variety of symptoms up to tinnitus, knee or back pain can be based on it.

What are the causes of CMD?

The causes of CMD in many cases are due to bruxism (severe clenching of the jaws), teeth grinding, malocclusion, stress or trauma.

These can lead to a minimal change in the area of the teeth and jaw, which can cause a change in the position of the jaw.


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