Do you suffer from cervical pain?
Do you have any constant headaches?
Do you hear ringing in your ears?
The cause of these and other symptoms could be a Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD)
The temporo-mandibular (TMJ) joint is a complex joint and it is the Joint that allows for jaw movements to occur. It is composed of various structures including a meniscus, similar to that of the knee, which has the function of “bearing” so as to cushion the friction between the bone component of the skull and the jaw component (condyle) during the movements of opening and closing the mouth.
The dysfunctions related to the temporo-mandibular joint are very frequent pathologies, however patients are not aware of this problem. It is problem concerning the malfunctions of the mentioned structures essentially related to the lack of coordination of the meniscus with the condyle jaw. The persistence of such conditions often leads to damage to cartilage and non-cartilage structures, resulting in the emergence of osteoarthritis and all the symptomatic features associated with them.
Generally, the patient who suffers from symptoms related to TMJ pathologies does not associate them with this and it is for this reason that often, before turning to the Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, the patient seeks help from other specialists such as the neurologist, the ear nose and throat specialist or the dentist.
This is understandable, because among the most frequent symptoms are:
- cervical pain
- pain in the ear that feels like and ear infection
- jaw pain that feels like toothache
- back pain
- noises during jaw movements
THE TRUTH IS THAT MOST PATIENTS WHO SUFFER FROM SOME SORT OF PAIN IN THE CERVICAL REGION OR HAVE CEFALEA ACTUALLY ARE SUFFERING FROM SOME SORT OF TMJ!
Once there is a diagnosis of joint dysfunction and osteoarthritis the treatment can be conservative or, more rarely, surgical.
LOOKING FOR A DEFINITIVE SOLUTION?
INNOVATIVE STEM CELL TREATMENT!
Dr. Andrea Carboni was the first in collaboration with a team of colleagues who demonstrated that it is possible to achieve regeneration of cartilage and TMJ meniscus tissues in patients with osteoarthritis by transplanting stem cells taken from the fat of the patient producing a significant improvement in all symptoms. These results were published in 2019 in the prestigious American scientific journal “The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery”.
The autologous grafting of adipose tissue stem cells (ADSC) is an operation that involves the removal and grafting of mesenchymal cells taken from the fat of the patient who is simultaneously donor and receiver.
The surgery takes place without hospitalization and in total lasts about 30/45 minutes. It takes place in a single operating session and is carried out according to a minimally invasive practice.
The patient will immediately notice an improvement, due to the anti-inflammatory effect of stem cells and, in the following weeks, the regeneration will occur of the meniscus and cartilage that make up the Temporomandibular joint.
This type of treatment allows for a permanent result with considerable improvement or even disappearance of symptoms.
*Disclaimer: The results obtained with treatment can vary from patient to patient. As with all surgeries, prior to treatment, a prior examination by the Surgeon is required to assess any potential risk.