Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) more commonly known as TMJ is a term to describe a jaw joint disorder and the muscles that control the joint.
It is estimated that as many as one in every four Americans suffer from one or more of the following symptoms:
Pain behind the eyes
Unexplained tooth pain
Pop or grating sounds in jaw joints
Limited mouth opening
Neck pain or stiffness
Stuffiness or ringing ears
The primary problem can be in the joints themselves the muscles of the face and jaw, or a combination of these. Many never think to seek out a dentist who is trained specifically in TMJ treatment.
The head, neck and facial pain associated with TMJ problems can also masquerade as a multitude of other conditions.
Fortunately, it can be treated successfully by Dr.Ueber who has acquired the special training necessary to manage this disorders. The Temporomandibular joint may be the most flexible and yet sophisticated joints in the body because they move up and down, side to side and in a wide range of motion. And that’s one of the reasons it’s so important to get the proper care for your optimal health.
Neuromuscular dentistry is a dental treatment intended to correct a “malalignment” of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint and produce a balanced bite. The neuromuscular dentist uses several computerized instruments to measure your jaw movements and jaw muscle activity to determine the extent of your problem and to establish a “physiologic rest position” for the jaw. The goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to establish a bite position allowing the hard and soft tissues, muscles and nerves in your head to work together correctly.
here are various ways this system can be disrupted, such as trauma or a blow to the face, connective disorders ( arthritis) or skeletal malformation. Another cause of the TMD relates to your teeth and your bite. A bad bite prevents your upper and lower teeth from coming together. Another factor that impacts on TMD is stress. Stress overloads the adaptive capabilities of the jaw. Due to this stress some people unconsciously grind or clench their teeth creating strain on the jaw joint. Muscle Spasm is another factor that impacts TMD. The upper and lower teeth must come together firmly each time. When the bite is unstable the muscles must work harder than normal causing stress and stiffness. Another factor that impacts on TMD is Jaw Joint Displacement. When the jaw joint functions properly the bones do not actually touch because of a thin disc of cartilage that rides between them. The disc acts as a cushion and allows the joint to move smoothly. If your bite is not meeting properly the joint is pulled out of alignment pulling the disc forward.
Every case is unique! A thorough health questionnaire examination and testing are performed to determine the cause and formulate a treatment plan. Because problem associated with the jaw joints can be progressive, accurate and immediate diagnosis and treatment is crucial. Early treatment will help avoid more damage such as degenerative arthritis.
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