The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) plays the very important role of connecting the jaw to the side of the head. The majority of TMJ disorders stem from malocclusion, or “bad bite.” This means that the jaw does not close properly, putting strain on various parts of the body.
TMJ dysfunction is characterized by severe headaches and other unexplained pain in connected areas. TMJ pain can be in the jaw, neck, head, shoulders and even back. This is why many people have a difficult time getting a correct diagnosis. Unfortunately, headaches associated with TMJ can be so frequent and sever that they are mistaken for migraines. It’s common for people who suffer from TMJ disorder to suppress symptoms with mediation rather than resolve the root cause of discomfort.
Intensive practice and research in neuromuscular dentistry allows me to treat the core cause of TMJ disorders in many patients each year. To do this, I look at each set of teeth in connection with the patient’s head, neck and shoulders. By putting the temporomandibular joint back into alignment and placing the jaw in its optimal position, neuromuscular dentistry can alleviate most problems related to TMJ, muscle, nerve and joint disorders.
If you have any questions about TMJ disorder, please don’t hesitate to contact me today. Call Hill Dental Studio at: 469.656.4516