How Does Neuromuscular Dentistry Help with TMJ Disorder?
When the relationship between your upper and lower jaw is misaligned, it can affect your jaw joints, called temporomandibular joints and your facial muscles, causing pain and inflammation and is a condition called TMJ disorder. Common signs of TMJ disorder are jaw pain and facial pain, and it can cause earache. You may wake up with severe headaches, and the pain of TMJ can spread into your neck and shoulders. Neuromuscular dentistry places the jaw into the proper position, relieving the symptoms.
Initially, we will need to determine the correct position of your jaw by measuring it in a relaxed position, so we know how to reposition your jaw. Some problems like a bad bite or malocclusion are quite easy to correct with orthodontics or restorative dentistry such as crowns or dental recontouring. TMJ is often associated with teeth grinding and clenching which is relieved with a custom-made night splint or mouthguard that works by stabilising your bite, placing your jaw in the correct position during sleep.