Non-invasive joint decompression: An important factor in the regeneration of the bone marrow and disc recapture in temporomandibular arthropathies

Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2018 Sep 1;23(5):e506-e510. doi: 10.4317/medoral.22397.


Background: This article aims to demonstrate the importance of the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) decompression in the treatment of degenerative processes and disc displacements, reporting two clinical cases treated with orthopedic and decompressive correction of TMJ.

Material and methods: The studies reported in this article show patients with muscle and joint pain who were evaluated pre and post-treatment through MRI (Magnetic Resonance Irradiation) to follow-up bone marrow regeneration and TMJ disc placement. Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), measurement equipment and IO (Intraoral Orthotic) were used to evaluate and treat the patients. A critical review of literature has also been conducted to confront clinical outcomes.

Results: Marrow bone regeneration and disc placement were observed in both patients.

Conclusions: The use of measurement equipment associated with TENS to find the correct rest position of the Jaw an the use of IO to decompress the TMJ was an effective way to promote bone marrow regeneration and disc placement, consequently improving function and quality of life.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bone Marrow / physiology*
  • Decompression, Surgical*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Orthotic Devices
  • Regeneration*
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disc
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders / surgery*