Are you suffering from chronic migraines? Have you been to countless doctors about ongoing pain issues in your shoulders, back and neck? Do you notice that your jaw pops a lot and sometimes locks into place? You may be suffering from TMJ disorder. Anderson Aesthetic & Family Dentistry provides Anderson, SC residents with the option of seeing a TMJ specialist.
If you have ever wondered what TMJ exactly stands for, or what causes the disorder, we can help answer that! The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are the hinges between your jaw and the skull, which rest in front of each ear, called the temporal bones. These joints allow you to move your jaw, it’s what makes talking, yawning, and chewing all possible. When problems occur with these joint, it’s often called TMD (temporomandibular disorders). Some contributing factors or causes to TMJ issues are:
Dr. James Groeber believes that the body works as an entire system. Because of this core belief, he studied and practices neuromuscular dentistry. This can aid in the prevention and treatment of TMJ disorder.
At Anderson Aesthetic & Family Dentistry, we provide you and your family with the care you need when you need it. In treating certain concerns, Dr. Groeber uses neuromuscular dentistry techniques. This approach, which is taught only in advanced courses, extends beyond the evaluation and treatment of teeth to also identify problems within the muscle and bone structure of the jaw.
The comfort and efficiency you experience when you chew does not come from your teeth alone. The muscles and joints located along the jaw are vital. The length of each muscle is determined by genetics, and cannot be changed. If an injury occurs, such as a broken tooth or worn enamel, the harmony of movements in the jaw will likely be disrupted. However, the tone and volume of important structures can be strengthened to restore necessary balance.
Imbalance between the structures of the face and jaw creates a risk for TMJ disorder. This condition involves the temporomandibular joints at the back of the jaw. When they are constantly working against structural anomalies, these joints can become dysfunctional. As a result, you may experience:
The neuromuscular dentistry care that is available in our office gets results by working with the tissues, nerves, and muscles of the jaw. To achieve the natural physiological position that allows comfort, we use mild electrical stimulation that relaxes all vital structures around the mouth. The TENS process achieves optimal relaxation of the jaw in about 45 minutes. Because the electrical pulses are very mild, there is no discomfort. The data that we collect from this technique is used to create a custom-fit appliance that enables the jaw to close to the appropriate position. This device is see-through, and fits right over the teeth. It is evaluated over three to six months to ensure it is working as expected.
If orthotic therapy produces the desired outcome, including TMJ pain treatment and TMJ pain relief, there are two ways to proceed. The device may be worn indefinitely, or orthodontic treatment may be conducted to achieve the desired position. Proper bite alignment can also achieve this goal. For further information about neuromuscular dentistry, visit LVI Global.
We are believers in empowering patients to make care decisions. Part of that is patient education. We will help you determine the best steps you can take to relieve TMJ symptoms. We will discuss TMJ stretches and exercises with you to help determine if they are the best course of action for you to add to your treatment plan.
If you believe you need a TMJ specialist in Anderson, S.C., we encourage you to give us a call today. Also, if you are intrigued by the role that neuromuscular dentistry could have in your overall dental care, even if you don’t suffer from TMJ issues, schedule your consultation today. We look forward to meeting you and would like to extend an invitation to our Greenville County and Belton neighbors to seek us out if they feel TMJ treatment will benefit them. Call us now at (864) 224-7812.