One of the most common causes of discomfort is TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Neuromuscular dentistry was invented to address this exact problem. As holistic dentists, we at Aesthetic Family Dentistry are naturally concerned with treating this condition.
What is TMJ?
It is estimated that the majority of Americans will suffer from TMJ at some point in their lives. The root of the disorder is a misalignment of the jaw. The condition can produce symptoms that can also be caused by many other things, often resulting in misdiagnosis.
Symptoms of TMJ include:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Facial pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Jaw pain
- Limited jaw movement or lockjaw
- Clicking of the jaw
- Numbness in fingers and arms
As you can see, many of these symptoms could have any number of causes. It takes experts in the diagnosis of TMJ to fully and correctly assess and treat the condition. One of the tools at our disposal is neuromuscular dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry uses a range of measurements and treatments to identify and treat TMJ. We use Sonography to identify vibration, Electromyography to measure electrical impulses and BioResearch Electrognathography and Kinesiography to assess jaw movement.
Once we know the root cause of the problem, we can devise an effective treatment for it.
Treatments for TMJ
There is a range of treatments a neuromuscular dentist can use to address TMJ. They include bite alignment such as the use of appliances, orthodontics, TENS to alleviate discomfort and more.
There are also a number of procedures we can perform to correct jaw alignment, but we only use these as a last resort. Each are very effective but can involve several visits and invasive procedures to completely address TMJ.
As holistic dentists, we also suggest chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and acupuncturists to provide a rounded solution. Our goal is your complete wellbeing, which in turn will enhance recovery from TMJ.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a common problem that affects more people than ever realize it. Once correctly diagnosed, it can be treated in a variety of ways. Deciding which works for you will depend on your individual situation.
Contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry today if you think you have TMJ or would like to learn more about the condition. We pride ourselves in staying on the leading edge of education with regards to neuromuscular Dentistry.