Neuromuscular Dentistry refers to the discipline certain dentists follow in order to help their patients reduce, and then hopefully completely eliminate, chronic pain.
The root cause for many of these cases of pain is a TMJ Disorder/Syndrome. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint. It is located between the jaw and skull bone in front of both ears.
With neuromuscular dentistry a lot of time is spent being trained on how to properly and completely diagnose a patient’s pain. Many pieces of sophisticated equipment are used to determine not only if a patient has a TMJ problem but also what type and extent of damage is present.
This diagnosis is then used to prepare a customized Dental TMJ Treatment Plan.
The two main goals with neuromuscular dentistry are
1) to increase functionality of the jaw and surrounding area and
2) to reduce pain.
This is accomplished by the TMJ Toronto area dentist finding the precise position where the jaw is most relaxed.
Once this position is found, an oral orthotic (or TMJ splint) is prepared for the patient to wear that will keep the jaw in that relaxed position. This reduces the stress on the related tissues thereby providing the environment for inflammation to be reduced and for pain to decrease as a result.
Over the course of a number of weeks to a number of months the jaw is then in a position to heal itself. The exact time it takes for this to happen is different for every individual depending on age and the severity of the TMJ Disorder/Syndrome.
Your Next Steps:
2. Call TMJ Toronto area dentist Dr. Goodfellow at 1-877-564-9763 for an initial assessment of your condition that only needs to take about 15 minutes. It is simple and painless so call today.