Do you suffer from frequent migraines? If you do, you know just how difficult they can be to treat.
How about jaw pain, neck pain, tooth pain or severe sensitivity when chewing?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, your underlying problem might be neuromuscular in nature. This means your issues may stem from muscle tension, which is usually a symptom of TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), a disorder that impacts your jaw joint(s).
The good news is that your issue can be diagnosed and treated, relieving your pain and improving the balance of your neuromuscular system.
You’ve probably heard the term “TMJ”, or the technical term: temporomandibular joint. This is the joint on your jaw that allows it to move. Anything you do with your mouth, from speaking to chewing to grinding your teeth, engages your TMJ.
People who have Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) have issues with this joint.
You may have heard the disorder called “TMJ” because it’s a common shorthand that’s often used, but is incorrect. More accurately, the TMJ is the joint itself and shouldn’t be confused with the conditions and discomfort of TMD.
There are a number of causes for TMD. You may have a bite that’s misaligned and in some cases early orthodontic treatment can lead to issues later in life if your teeth were straightened but your bite wasn’t aligned accurately. Or growth over time may result in misalignment.
You may grind your teeth in your sleep, or as a result of stress or anxiety, which can contribute to TMD.
Some symptoms that TMD sufferers may experience include:
At Alpha Dental Care, we’re proud to have Dr. Keith Allan as an integral part of our staff and as an experienced provider of neuromuscular therapy.
Dr. Allan carries over 30 years of experience in the treatment of TMD and other related issues caused by this condition.
As someone who is continually upgrading his knowledge of new techniques, Dr. Allan will be able to use the very latest treatments for your benefit.
There are several possible treatments available depending on your specific condition, but in general neuromuscular therapy focuses on relaxing the muscles that control your jaw in order to alleviate the issues that may be present.
Treatments may include assessing your bite to determine if changes need to be made to relieve the pressure on your TMJ, or you may be fitted for a mouth guard to alleviate night grinding (bruxism). In some cases, massage therapy may provide an appropriate solution for your pain.
Do you find yourself suffering from regular jaw pain or neck / shoulder muscle pain? Do you ever hear clicking in your jaw when you chew or yawn, or suffer from regular headaches?
Any of those symptoms might be an indication that you should be assessed for TMD, and we’re here to help you find the root of your discomfort.
Dr. Allan will evaluate your bite and recommend the best course of treatment so that your suffering will be a memory of the past.