Osteopathy is mainly based on the concept of horizontality of the occlusal surfaces and of the gaze, as well as on the physiology of the skull and spine and of the relationships between these two structures (craniosacral system) in consideration of the relationship between sphenoid and occiput (SSB symphysis- spheno-basilar) and to what extent these structures affect posture and mandibular dynamics.. The skull is then positioned on the spine and faithfully translates the postural patterns. The horizontal occlusal plane defines the horizontality of the gaze and participates in postural balance. The seam of the skull base occurs at the level of the spheno-basilar synchondrosis (SSB), where the sphenoid articulates through a cartilage structure, with the occiput, the sphenoid and the only neutral mechanical and functional area of the skull, and constitutes the center of the skull. This suture has the function of directing the mobility of the anterior wall of the skull, especially the maxilla. While the other bone that participates in the S.S.B., the occiput, directs the posterior cranial sector and particularly the mandible. The dentist must be the architect of the skull and assumes a role of balance of the first two cervical vertebrae C1 atlas and C2 axis, while C3 represents the vertebra of cranial balance.
The skull is the reflection of the teeth, the teeth are the reflection of the skull. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to evaluate the occlusal function on the basis of cranial asymmetries; if the skull is not symmetrical, the jaw is not symmetrical and everything is out of balance. Before restoring a mandible, it is necessary to restore the skull C0 (Occiput) on the spine, C1-C2 on C3. The hinge axis of the mouth, the true one, is that of the cervical. The head can be considered as a pendulum which has its center of gravity. In orthodontics it is important to treat the skull especially in children with a preventive, interceptive action. A child's skull must be in optimal condition throughout development to keep posture in balance.
The osteopathic concept of occlusion treats man in a systemic, that is, global context, and establishes a contact between osteopathy, holistic science and dentistry, a very specialized medical science. Osteopathy defines occlusion as the translation of the individual's intra-cranial balance into the craniomandibular relationship. These multifunctional elastodontic devices are in perfect harmony with the osteopathic concept reserved for dento-maxillofacial orthopedics and, therefore, for the development of the child's orality and psycho-motor system. The concept is to leave out the symptom in favor of a medicine that is more interested in the dysfunctions of the system; it is not necessary to wait for the occlusal symptom to undertake a treatment. To heal, prevention is more positive. The technical characteristics of the Amcop bio activator, together with the ease of use, make the device itself particularly important in the stimulation of dento-skeletal growth and in the recovery of dysfunctional problems of the individual and, therefore, in the causes of malocclusions.
Occlusion is an evolutionary, dynamic, continuous process. It is the mirror of postural balance. The occlusion acts as a real open suture, an outlet for the constrictions of the skull. The occlusion shapes the postural matrix. A malocclusion is the consequence of the patient's dysfunctional problems associated with more or less severe dysmorphosis. The earlier and more interceptive is the start of treatment, the greater will be the possible physiological recovery of correct form and function. The interceptive work has the purpose of simplifying orthodontic treatment and therefore does not provide for the extraction of healthy teeth for the recovery of spaces in the arch. It restores the different dysmetria of the dento-craniofacial system (orthopedics) and the neurovegetative functions of the mouth, such as sucking-swallowing, breathing, chewing and phonation. This type of treatment, therefore, allows a possible subsequent treatment with devices indicated for correct dental alignment, on well-harmonized and balanced craniomandibular structures. In this way, the times are substantially shortened and the possible occurrence of relapses is limited once the treatment is completed. Furthermore, the posture depends on the cranio-cervical-mandibular balance and, therefore, with the recovery of the correct position of the cephalic massif and of the craniofacial dysmorphisms, which are related to the lesions of the spheno-basilar symphysis, it will also be possible to restore the first vertebrae of the cervical, for a constant control of posture.
THE DENTIST MUST BE THE ARCHITECT OF THE SKULL FOR A CORRECT DENTAL-SKULL-CERVICAL-MANDIBULAR RELATIONSHIP, AND THEREFORE POSTURAL
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