Neuromuscular Dentistry and TMJ Disorders

These professionals treat successfully problems related to the health of facial muscles and mastication problems or problems related to the temporomandibular joint. The neuromuscular dentists can correct the physiologic misalignment of the jaw at the TMJ level, thanks to the great advancements in medical technology and diagnostic tools.

When treating dental problems or TMJ related complications, a neuromuscular dentist will take into account the entire structure of the face, the neck, the shoulders and the head in trying to come up with proper treatment solutions. Even up until now, the main causes of TMJ related problems are not well understood.

These issues can be caused by trauma, teeth misalignment, hereditary mandible problems or these issues can also be caused as a result of teeth grinding. Developmental abnormalities or certain genetic factors are also considered when a patient needs to get TMJ treatment.

Temporomandibular Joint disorder symptoms

The symptoms of TMJ can vary greatly from one patient to the other. Some patients will experience only a few symptoms, while others put up with a very complex set of discomforting and painful symptoms. These include:

-constant migraines/headaches and facial pain which does not subside for long periods of time

-occasionally, these symptoms can be accompanied by sleep apnea

-pain in the shoulder, neck and even the a portion of the back (the pain is radiating)

-the sensation of ringing in the ears (a condition known as Tinnitus)

-sore teeth which are also extremely sensitive

-periodical locking of the jaw when the patient is talking/chewing or performing physical exercise

-pain in the jaw joint

-popping and clicking sounds in the jaw joint

-bruxing & clenching of he teeth

-jaw movement which is limited (i.e. the patient cannot open fully his mouth at all times, because this movement is “blocked”)

-locking of the jaw when the mouth is closed

-a sensation of pain behind the eyes, below the eyes, and in certain portions of the head

-swelling on certain portions of the face/mouth

Pain in the shoulders, the neck, or the headaches will never make you believe that you are actually struggling with a TMJ disorder. Some people will experience only such seemingly unrelated symptoms, and in fact all this pain and discomfort is caused by a jaw misalignment or a problematic bite.

Patients experience pain the ears, the hands, the head, the neck without experiencing pain in the jaw area. This is why it is extremely important to get checked up by a neuromuscular dentist if you cannot explain these symptoms.

Modern neuromuscular dentistry offices now use the CMS technique (Computerized mandibular scanning) to check out your jaw movements and any problems related to the jaw. They can even test the tenmporomandibular joint sounds with a system known as ESG (electro-sonography).

Then, joint related derangements are also checked with a diagnostic tool known as JVA (joint vibration analysis). With the help of these medical devices, the doctors will be able to determine the optimal positioning of both the lower and the upper jaw, and prescribe a special orthotic device that will correct the problem.

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