Neuromuscular Dentistry can help alleviate symptoms such as headaches, neck and shoulder pain, jaw pain, clicking or popping in the jaw, and tinnitus
We have used the same computerized analysis that has been used in medicine for years. The goal of these tests is to provide individual and precise treatment plans that most often lead to the elimination of pain. The underlying cause of pain is muscular. We are different and more successful in treating TMJ signs and symptoms because we correct the muscles that are out of balance causing pain.
We start by assessing the health of the joint itself. We use sonography (joint sound analysis) to evaluate the clicking and popping noises generated by the joint. In conjunction with special joint x-rays (corrected tomograms) these tests allow us to ascertain the extent of the damage to the joint itself.
To correct the jaw muscle alignment, we first relax the dysfunctional muscles. We do this by use of Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS). This technique allows us to relax over worked (hypertonic) muscles into a position of optimum resting length. We use TENS in conjunction with Electromyography (EMG) and computerized jaw tracking to find the optimum position of the jaw. With the jaw in the ideal neuromuscular position, we can provide therapy to relieve and improve the health and performance of the muscles. We can often help patients who have had unsuccessful TMJ treatment in the past. Past treatments have usually centered on Joint manipulation versus muscular balance. Focusing on the muscles give the best avenue for success.
There are many components that may contribute to this complex condition. While there may be a biochemical and emotional component, a structural imbalance creates disharmony between teeth, jaw position, and the muscles that control the lower jaw.
Many people suffer from this chronic illness. While some do not experience pain, they may have worn, chipped or broken teeth, or fillings. These individuals can also benefit from treatment. If you or a loved one suffers from TMJ pain, we invite you to call Dr Smith to discuss this exciting therapy.