TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry
Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN
Ever heard of temporomandibular joint disorder? Also referred to as TMJ or TMD, this disorder is a serious affliction that affects not only your oral health but often impacts your overall health and your daily life because TMJ typically causes pain that can be severe and chronic enough that it hinders your ability to function on a daily basis.
If you or someone you love suffers from TMJ, then a neuromuscular dentist is the best qualified medical professional to provide care. Neuromuscular dentists have undergone special training to diagnose a case of TMJ and then provide treatment. Neuromuscular dentistry also is one of several advanced specializations of dental science practiced by your new Knoxville dentists at Choto Family Dentistry.
What is neuromuscular dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on finding and restoring the ideal harmonious alignment of your jaw and bite. If your jaw and or bite have fallen out of alignment, then your Northshore neuromuscular dentist can correct these alignment issues. By bringing your jaw and bite back into alignment, this eliminates symptoms such as pain while also removing your susceptibility to other oral health problems that might have developed in the future as a result of your misalignment.
Many people live for decades—or even their entire lives—with a misaligned bite or jaw. However, you do not have to suffer any longer. Choto Family Dentistry offers help in treating your TMJ.
A neuromuscular dentist in Knoxville may use any one of the following treatments to correct alignment of the bite and jaw:
- Prescribing medication to relieve pain
- Constructing customized bite guards, which prevent teeth grinding when awake or asleep
- Fabricating dental restorations, which are designed for aesthetics, function, and to help maintain or improve the alignment of your bite
- Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or ClearCorrect
- A course of oral appliance therapy, during which the patient wears a custom-built orthotic mouthpiece that gently moves the jaw back into its ideal alignment
In extremely rare cases (less than 1 percent of those who have neuromuscular needs), surgery is another treatment option.
TMJ and pain
Chronic, intense pain is a commonly reported symptom for those who suffer from TMJ. This pain may manifest itself as jaw pain, facial pain, neck pain, or even severe headaches that occur on a regular basis. Instead, TMJ headaches often are misdiagnosed as migraines, because of the similarity in symptoms. However, there is a difference between TMJ headaches and migraines.
Severe pain is such a frequent symptom of TMJ patients because the temporomandibular joint is located in proximity to the trigeminal nerve, which transmits more sensory information to the brain than any other neural pathway in your body.
Other frequently reported symptoms of TMJ include:
- Feelings of dizziness
- Persistent ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus
- Clicking or popping sounds from your jaw as it opens and closes
- Limited range of motion in the jaw
- Uneven bite
- Problems chewing
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Neuromuscular Treatment for TMJ
Even if you already have been diagnosed with TMJ by another medical professional, a neuromuscular dentist should evaluate your condition for the most effective treatment. No other medical professional is better qualified to provide the treatment you need. Remember that TMJ, and any issue caused by it, will not go away on its own. The best way to find lasting relief is to have TMJ diagnosed and treated by a neuromuscular dentist. Schedule your consultation today at Choto Family Dentistry by calling (865) 409-5077.
Choto Family Dentistry is proud to now serve clients in the areas of Choto, Northshore, and Knoxville in East Tennessee.