TMD treatment and Neuromuscular Dentistry

Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you suffer from unexplained headaches, backaches, or even sinus congestion?

The problem may be caused by a painful misalignment of your jaw. You may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disease, also known as TMD or TMJ.

What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ) is a chronic, degenerative disease affecting up to 75 million adults. People who suffer from TMJ have a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship caused by a bite that is out of alignment. This misalignment is known as malocclusion.

The symptoms of TMJ include the following:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
  • Pain in teeth that seems to move around
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joints
  • Limited movement or locking jaw
  • Numbness in your fingers and arms
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears

How Does Neuromuscular Dentistry Help?

The good news is that advances in the science of neuromuscular dentistry have taught us how to bring the jaw into a relaxed position. For example, we may recommend the use of dental restorations to precisely raise or lower areas of your bite, creating a naturally comfortable position for your jaw. In most cases, we can reposition your jaw without surgery or braces and complete the treatment in just a few weeks.

The Results: Feeling and Looking Better!

We have found that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in the facial appearance after treatment. Patients who had recessed lower jaws may have a new profile including a stronger jaw line and chin. Areas of the jaw that may have protruded will be pulled back into alignment. And all of the restorations necessary to correct your bite will be created with consideration to the aesthetic result of your smile.

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