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What is TMD

Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, is a relatively common condition that refers to symptoms that result from a misalignment of the teeth, the upper and lower jaws or, in some cases, the jaw joints themselves.

Joint Pain Treatment

Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the healthy relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles. Many people live with the pain of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) on a daily basis because of a lack of diagnosis. Neuromuscular dentistry treats TMJ at its root cause, not at its symptoms. Frequently, people will seek out treatment for the symptoms caused by TMJ, not the true problem. The problem is that TMJ can cause pain in a number of places that do not seem related to the alignment of teeth, making it tricky to diagnose.

Jaw pain is a very common symptom of TMJ because it is a dysfunction of the jaw joint  A “bad bite” in which your upper and lower teeth do not come together in proper alignment also disrupts the placement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles. This imbalance in the bite-jaw-muscle relationship is what causes the pain in the jaw.

We are trained in neuromuscular dentistry and we can help alleviate jaw pain related to TMJ by realigning the bite with either a bonded or removable appliance (orthotic). Once the jaw is back into its most relaxed position the surrounding muscles can also resume their natural function.

A clicking jaw, popping jaw, or snapping in the jaw joint is the most common symptom of TMJ. There may or may not be pain in the jaw when the clicking or popping sound is heard. The clicking sound may even be so loud that others can hear it when you chew or speak. Neuromuscular dentistry works to realign the bite, which also realigns the muscles and join to eliminate these symptoms.

 

Neuromuscular Dentistry

We are trained in neuromuscular dentistry which focuses on the healthy relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles. Many people live with the pain of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) on a daily basis because of a lack of diagnosis. Neuromuscular dentistry treats TMJ at its root cause, not at its symptoms. Frequently, people will seek out treatment for the symptoms caused my TMJ, not the true problem. The problem is that TMJ can cause pain in a number of places that do not seem related to the alignment of teeth, making it tricky to diagnose.

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you may have TMJ. If you have seen a doctor for these symptoms and have only received treatments for the symptoms (like pain prescriptions), you should visit us for a neuromuscular consultation.

Severe headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a TMJ problem. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and the TMJ headache is a tension type of headache. Clenching and grinding the teeth, which are TMJ symptoms, produce pain from the muscles in the head, which is a headache. Unfortunately, these headaches can be so frequent or severe that they are frequently misdiagnosed and treated as migraine headaches. Neuromuscular dentistry ensure the muscles are properly aligned so they do not have to work hard positioning the teeth to a strained bite.

By putting the temporomandibular joint back into alignment and placing the jaw into its optimal position, neuromuscular dentistry can alleviate the most headache problems related to TMJ, muscle, nerve and joint disorders.

Facial pain is one of the symptoms that can arise when a patient’s bite is not properly aligned, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) dysfunctions and a number of related symptoms can arise. The jaw area of the face is a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, and nerves. When the jaw becomes unaligned, the surrounding bones, muscles, and nerves are all affected. This includes the muscles of the face, which experience strain or spasm because the muscles are working extra had to compensate for the unstable bite.

We can help facial pain problems by working with the source of the problem, the bite. We will stabilize and realign your bite so that the teeth,muscles, and joints all work together without strain. Now is the time to do something about that facial pain.

Neck and shoulder pain is also a common result of TMJ. Having a “bad bite” (Malocclusion) causes an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship, which in turn twists the jaw into a strained position that refers pain to the muscles in the neck, shoulders, and back.

Neuromuscular dentists understand that the bones, joints, muscles, and nerves in the face and neck have a complex relationship. They work to correct the bite, relieving strain on the jaw and the surrounding muscles. Once the bite has been aligned, pain in many areas of the body will disappear. Get started today to eliminate that neck and shoulder pain.

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears is another symptom of TMJ that is commonly misdiagnosed and often goes untreated or is treated ineffectively. In many cases ringing in the ears is one of the results of having a strained bite in which the jaw is not aligned. The jaw area of the face is a complex network of muscles and nerves, and when the bite is misaligned muscles and nerves throughout the head, including the ears, can be affected.

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