Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder is a problem affecting the jaw joints hinging your lower jaw. When your teeth, jaw joints and facial muscles are imbalanced, the muscles and joints can become inflamed creating various problems such as jaw pain, facial pain, chronic headaches or migraines and earache. The pain can even extend into your neck and shoulders. Neuromuscular dentistry seeks to correctly position the jaw, relieving inflammation in the jaw joints and facial muscles and eliminating unpleasant symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Treating TMJ Disorder with Neuromuscular Dentistry
If you have problems with your jaw joints, we can gently assess this problem. Dr Rick will examine the relationship between your upper and lower jaw and will determine the range of motion. He will also look at any inflammation in the jaw joint. After your examination, we can begin to realign your jaw using oral therapy. Usually, the gentlest form of treatment is to create a custom oral appliance that fits over your teeth, holding your jaws in the proper alignment and which is worn during sleep. The oral appliance ensures your jaws are in a more relaxed position, relieving muscle tension and inflammation. We can also look at any problems with an uneven bite as sometimes teeth may need adjusting, so they fit together correctly.