How Neuromuscular Dentistry Can Improve TMJ Symptoms
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
The problem of TMJ syndrome, or TMJ disorder, is a relatively new concept for many people. Even people who live with localized pain in their jaw, clicking sounds, and chronic headaches may not realize that the source of their chronic or frequent pain is found right in their mouth. Furthermore, because they don’t realize this connection, they suffer needlessly.
It is estimated that as many as 10 million Americans have some degree of dysfunction affecting the temporomandibular joints at the back of the jaw. For these people, it is important to discover the source of discomfort and to obtain treatment aimed at resolving the original problem. You see, TMJ disorder is not typically the starting point; it is the endpoint, the result of something going wrong somewhere in the mouth. In too many cases, TMJ disorder is treated only with an eye on relief. This may be achieved with a standard oral appliance. In our Grand Rapids office, we rely on neuromuscular dentistry methods and modalities to step beyond the basics.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Dr. Mulder has been practicing dentistry for more than two decades. His clinical experience has coincided with extensive post-graduate training, much of which has focused on neuromuscular dentistry. In addition to training at the Las Vegas Institute, Dr. Mulder completed a residency program in neuromuscular dentistry. What does this mean? It means that Dr. Mulder possesses considerable knowledge of the way that the jaw, teeth, and all nerves and vessels and muscles in the face, head, and neck interact. This knowledge paves the way for accuracy in diagnosing TMJ disorder and, more importantly, accuracy in treatment planning.
Neuromuscular Dentistry for TMJ Disorder
The goal of neuromuscular dentistry in treating TMJ is to ascertain the nature of the problem. Is it that posterior teeth aren’t fitting together when they meet? Is the bite misaligned? Is there a dental restoration that is not fitting well against the opposing tooth, or a worn down tooth that is causing an imbalance in the mouth? These questions can be answered with a thorough examination performed in conjunction with sophisticated testing such as electromyography (EMG) and Computerized Mandibular Scan to observe optimal jaw positioning and movement.
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