We Treat TMD with Neuromuscular Dentistry
What Is TMD?
Our teeth, joints, muscles, and nerves all work together in the proper alignment and functioning of our jaw. When any part of this delicate equation is overlooked, painful conditions such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), bruxism, and other serious dental problems can develop.
How We Can Help: The Inclusive Approach of Neuromuscular Dentistry Helps Treat TMD
Neuromuscular dentistry differs from traditional dentistry in that it includes focused consideration of the muscles and nerves in and around the jaw–and the correct positioning of the jaw–as part of overall oral health. This inclusive approach can help treat TMD as well as provide more comfortable and longer-lasting solutions to related dental treatments such as dentures and smile makeovers.
Hard and soft tissues have a complex relationship. We work to make that relationship harmonious. If your jaw is misaligned, many physiological problems can result, including:
- Headaches /migraines
- Facial pain
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Jaw pain
- Limited jaw movement
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
Treating TMD and Bruxism Using Botox and Night Guards
Two of the ways we treat problems like TMD and bruxism are with Botox injections and custom night guards. Botox isn’t just for making you look younger; it also makes the muscles responsible for jaw pain and headaches of TMD relax, providing relief. Botox can be especially beneficial to patients who grind their teeth at night, which is a difficult habit to break for obvious reasons.
To protect patients’ teeth from the harmful effects of night bruxism, we offer night guards, which come in both hard and soft varieties depending on your individual needs. Hard night guards resemble clear retainers but are much sturdier. Heavy grinders will benefit most from these, and they will prevent grinding from wearing down or chipping your teeth. Soft night guards are typically better for lighter grinders. They are more comfortable and help with the soreness that comes from clenching those muscles all night, but don’t last as long as their hard counterparts.
We Are Concerned About Your Overall Oral Health
TMD affects millions of people. We have received special training to address TMD problems using the inclusive approach to neuromuscular dentistry. This treatment utilizes modern technology to precisely determine the proper positioning of the jaw, and to place the jaw into its optimal position, which can help relieve the symptoms associated with TMD.
If you have symptoms like those listed above, take a minute and make an appointment with our team. We’d be happy to take the time to visit with you about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry.
Call us at (702) 967-1700 or email us.