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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Monday, February 4, 2008

TMD Treatments

Are you aware that the relationship between your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw bones play a large part in your over dental health? Neuromuscular dentistry involves the study of this relationship and the treatment of problems affecting this area.

TMD, or temporomandibular joint disease, is an umbrella term used to describe a series of neuromuscular problems. Basically, TMD refers to a disharmony of the joints and muscles, resulting in several unpleasant side effects, including headaches, jaw pain, and neck soreness.

The field of neuromuscular dentistry is becoming more popular by the minute. Neuromuscular dentistry has been described as an art and a science, because its principles are rooted in balance. Neuromuscular dentists treat TMD by finding the optimal rest position of the jaw and then tweaking the bite in order to get your jaw where it should be.

TMD treatments are being researched and improved regularly. Here are just a few of the methods neuromuscular dentists like myself are using to improve this condition:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • Surgery
  • Corrective dental treatment
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Massage and stretching
  • Biteplates/mouthguards

Treatment plans will vary based on individual needs. If you want to learn more about TMD treatments, send me an e-mail.

posted by Patti at 8:15 AM


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