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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ, can cause a lot of pain and discomfort for many people. For patients suffering from TMJ symptoms, West Town Dental Care offers neuromuscular dentistry, a dental treatment that uses several computerized instruments to measure and determine the extent of the problems associated with TMJ. By taking all areas of the musculoskeletal system into account – muscles, tissues and nerves of the face, head, neck and back – your West Town Dental Care dentist is able to relieve discomfort caused by TMJ.

Common TMJ Symptoms

TMJ is an extremely common disorder, as over 10 million Americans have experienced some of the symptoms associated with TMJ. These symptoms include:

  • Difficulty or discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Pain in the face or jaw
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Earache or headache

Headaches

Headaches and migraines are a common problem for many, but most people do not realize that TMJ is often the root problem for chronic headaches. By using neuromuscular dentistry, your West Town Dental Care dentist can examine the neuromuscular system of the head and neck to determine the position of your jaw. Treatment can lead to complete relief of chronic headaches and migraines.

Neuromuscular Dentistry Treatment

Neuromuscular dentistry works to place the jaw into its optimal position by correcting the bite and realigning the jaw.

  • First, the optimal jaw position is determined through measurements of the head and neck muscles.
  • Then, the jaw is repositioned to the exact measurements resulting in relief from TMJ pain.

If you are suffering from constant headaches or any of the symptoms related to TMJ, call your West Town Dental Care  dentist at 803-396-0400 today to schedule an appointment and discuss treatment options.