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TMJ Disorder Treatment Alternatives

TMJ treatment falls under what we call Neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is the science that evaluates and treats your overall oral health by considering how your muscles, teeth and joints all work together. It involves using the muscles and nerves to position the jaw into a physiologically balanced and functionally comfortable position. Using science and technology, we can determine if the muscles, nerves and jaw are in fact in harmony. Often times, when there is no balance and harmony within this system, the results are exacerbated and distributed throughout the body in the form of headaches, neck pain, and other related issues. The good news is that through the use of this technology, we can often diagnose and resolve the majority of the signs and symptoms that stem from this disharmony.

 

Permanent solutions to headaches, jaw & neck pain in Fayetteville, NC

Do you have recurring head, jaw or neck pain? Are your jaws frequently popping, clicking, grinding, or locking? Schedule a checkup right away. You might be suffering from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

 

Other symptoms of TMJ problems

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ
Other symptoms of TMD or problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are eye, ear, tooth, facial, throat, and shoulder pain, sinus congestion, dizziness, limited ability to open the mouth, difficulty swallowing, stuffiness and ringing in the ears, and bite shifting.

The TMJ is the joint that connects the mandible or the lower jaw to the skull’s temporal bone, the bone in front of the ear on both sides of the head. This hinge joint is flexible and helps the jaw move from side to side or up and down. The muscles connected to the jaw joint also help control jaw movement and position.


Diagnosing TMD

Retraining the Jaw
People with TMD have pain or dysfunction in the jaw, jaw joint and nearby facial muscles. To diagnose TMD, Dr. Pike will evaluate your medical history and physical examination to determine the cause of the pain and dysfunction and rule out other conditions that may be causing the symptoms.

The jaw joints will be checked for pain, popping, grating or clicking sounds, limited movement, and locking while closing or opening the mouth. The bite and function of the facial muscle will also be evaluated.
Dr. Pike will also need to have X-rays taken to view the entire jaw, teeth, and TMJ. Other diagnostic examinations may also be done to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.

At Really Smile, digital imaging is also used to determine the cause of head, jaw or neck pain. Dr. Pike uses Neuromuscular Dentistry, which is about how the masticatory system works, to find faster and long-lasting solutions to TMD. He also has experience treating TMJ problems that are connected with Sleep Disordered Breathing.

To learn more about TMD, TMJ, and permanent relief from headaches, jaw and neck pain, contact Pike Dentistry in Fayetteville, NC today! You may dial 910-864-2400.

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