Does your jaw pop or lock when you chew? Do you experience headaches or ringing in the ears? Do you have pain in your jaw, neck, or shoulders? If so, then you may have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). The TMJ opens and closes the mouth, but when it is damaged, strained, or has a poor alignment, then you may experience pain and difficulty chewing. But at Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, you no longer have to suffer from this problem when you visit us for neuromuscular dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the muscles and nerves that are used when the jaw moves. In order to treat TMD, we find the rest position of the jaw. This is the optimal position for the jaw to sit in and occurs when the muscles relax. Your mouth should be in this position most of the time, so when we find it, we will be able to heal your jaw.
There are many methods we use to find a rest position. Sonography is commonly used in neuromuscular dentistry because it measures the vibrations of the TMJ when you open and close your mouth. ULF-TENS stimulates the jaw muscles, relieving pain and helping us find the jaw’s rest position. Dental X-rays and other jaw tracking equipment may also be used as part of neuromuscular dentistry.
In order to treat TMD, we will align your bite so it can maintain a rest position. This can be done though dental restorations, orthodontics, and even cosmetic tooth contouring. At our practice, we also offer occlusal guards that prevent bruxism, nightly teeth grinding and clenching that may contribute to TMD. Call our dentist today if you want to benefit from our neuromuscular dentistry.