The noise made when you open your mouth or chew is no laughing matter. TMJ is a disorder of the jaw joint where the ball, socket and disk are damaged or misaligned. This puts pressure and undue wear on the joint, causing deterioration of the structures. The body naturally attempts to realign the joint using muscles in the face, jaw and neck. As these muscles become fatigued, additional muscles in the shoulders, back and arms also become stressed. This results in varying degrees of pain and dysfunction, including headaches, facial pain, noise emanating from the TM joints difficulty in opening and chewing, numbness in the face or hands, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and postural problems. Grinding, or bruxing, is your way of trying to find the right position, an instinct that unfortunately only exacerbates all the other symptoms. Neuromuscular dentistry utilizes a combination of electromyography, ultrasound, and computer scans to track and relax facial, neck and back muscles, and guide your jaw into its ideal and most comfortable position. A neuromuscular orthotic maintains the position and allows the joint to heal. Patients report relief of symptoms within hours of wearing a neuromuscular orthotic. The greatest advantage of neuromuscular dentistry is that it is completely noninvasive, as there is no surgery involved, and adjustments are easily made. There is no longer a need to suffer because of TMJ. A dentist skilled in the treatment, and with the proper equipment, can help. At Aesthetic Dental Care, we have both the expertise and hi-tech equipment to treat your TMJ issues. Call for your appointment today (973)227-8998…Aesthetic Dental Care is located at 389 Passaic Avenue in Fairfield, NJ.
P.S. Sometimes, the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can be so unusual, and seemingly unrelated to your jaw, that most people, including physicians, don’t even consider that the problems could be jaw related.