What is Neuromuscular Dentistry and TMJ?

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Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach to dental treatment that focuses on the correction of jaw misalignment. Our Irvine Neuromuscular dentists determine the optimal position of the jaw in order to correct misalignment and adjust how the upper and lower teeth come together (occlusion). By realigning the jaw joint through the use of cosmetic dental restorations, tooth recontouring (equilibration) or orthodontics, our dentists strive to alleviate stress from the jaw muscles and eliminate painful symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

Neuromuscular junction diseases can be of genetic and autoimmune origin. Genetic disorders, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, can arise from mutated structural proteins that comprise the neuromuscular junction, whereas autoimmune diseases, such as myasthenia gravis, occur when antibodies are produced against nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on the sarcolemma.

Diagnosis of TMJ disorders can be difficult, as jaw pain is often related to other conditions, such as poor sinus drainage, arthritis, or facial injury. Our qualified and experienced dentists can make a TMJ diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of treatment to relieve some or all of the symptoms.

Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Some indications of TMJ disorders can include:

  • Headache
  • Facial Pain
  • Ear Ache
  • Jaw Soreness
  • Mouth Clicking or Popping
  • Jaw Stiffness
  • Neck Discomfort

Jose David Sanchez D.D.S. at Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi may utilize several methods for treating TMJ, depending on your particular needs. Mouth guards, muscle relaxants, and stress reduction techniques can help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our Irvine dental office at (661) 822-3727.


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