Neuromuscular dentistry deals specifically with TMJ, and it has its fair share of critics. The argument against NMD is that jaw position has very little to do with TMD (the disorder that affects those with TMJ). So, what are the facts on NMD, and can it really help those who suffer from TMJ?
Causes of TMJ
We don’t really know what causes TMj, but we have pinpointed some symptoms and factors. A dentist will measure your bite, in addition to listening for popping or clicking when you open your mouth. Another sign of TMJ is locking of the jaw.
We know these symptoms are related to one’s bite and that some adjustment can help. TMJ treatment is typically non-invasive for that reason. Serious surgery isn’t necessary to help release the tension in the joints.
Treating TMJ with NMD
NMD relies on a device that adjusts the jaw slowly over time. The treatment also helps to relieve tension by gently massaging the joints in the jawline, so NMD isn’t a single approach to the problem. A dentist who practices NMD will be able to determine which of several procedures will offer relief. Often times, the patient needs to understand stress management and wear a non-intrusive device.
Treating TMJ is easy and mostly painless, but does rely on a patient who is willing to stay consistent. Failing to wear the device won’t help, and may actually compound headaches related to TMJ.
If you’re considering treatment for TMJ, understand you have several options outside of surgery to help deal with the problem.
Article submitted by Dr. Sid Solomon. Dr. Sid Solomon and his caring staff are ready to service your needs with pain-free and non-invasive dentistry in Los Angeles, California.