Neuromuscular Dentistry Holds the Key to Better Function
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
Neuromuscular dentistry is not a specialty that most people give much thought to – even when they need to. We are proud to offer the unique services that patients suffering from TMD, or TMJ Disorder can benefit from the most. Statistics from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research suggest that approximately 10 million Americans feel the strain and stress of dysfunctional TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, on a daily basis. This is something we take seriously.
Neuromuscular Dentistry in Golden, Colorado
As more has been learned about TMJ Disorder, more dental practices have begun offering services to remedy the symptoms that go along with this condition. In most cases of general dentistry, the way to treat TMD is to fabricate a mouthguard that one wears when he sleeps. This can, in fact, improve symptoms. However, oral splints are not the solution; they are more accurately described as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan – a plan developed by your neuromuscular dentist.
A neuromuscular dentist is a professional who has expanded her training to include details about the joints of the mouth, as well as the musculature that supports them. As neuromuscular dentists, Dr. Gill and Dr. Kenson evaluate the inner workings of the mouth by observing how the various “moving parts,” the teeth, the muscles, the joints, cooperate.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder involves a thorough examination, x-rays or other imaging, and computerized tests that reveal the normal resting position of the jaw. These steps are integral to understand the extent of dysfunction, the limitations of the jaw due to dysfunction, and the ways that function may be improved.
In addition to oral splints and lifestyle modifications to relieve pain and manage stress (a strong factor in TMD), your neuromuscular dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment to improve the way teeth fit, or cosmetic treatment such as crowns to achieve the same goal.
We understand how TMJ Disorder can disrupt your everyday quality of life. Depending on the degree of stress on the joints, patients experience a range of symptoms that may include chronic headaches, migraines, facial pain, and limited jaw movement. Get the help you need to resolve the symptoms of TMJ Disorder. Contact our Golden office at (303) 277-9600.
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