TMD (TemporoMandibular dysfunction) Most commonly known as “TMJ” refers to a disorder as opposed to a disease and usually does not have a single cause or single symptoms.   you can give yourself a quick quiz on some of the signs and symptoms that you may be experiencing:

Musculoskeletal signs and symptoms

  • Headache

  • Jaw joint pain

  • Jaw joint noise ore clicking

  • Limited jaw opening

  • Ear congestion

  • Dizziness

  • Ringing in the ear

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Loose teeth

  • Clenching or grinding

  • Facial pain

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Chewing difficulties

  • Neck pain

  • Postural problems

  • Tingling of the finger tips

  • Hot & Cold sensitivity of teeth

  • Nervousness or Insomnia

 

Your Bite and TMD

The American Council for Headache Education states that “tension-type headaches are the common headaches of everyday life” and that they are often associated with muscles tension. Many of these headaches are temporal headaches- focused in the temple area of the head. as mentioned earlier while discussing neuromuscular dentistry, posturing muscles of the jaw are in the temple area of the head! These postural muscles should be relaxed and barely working when you are not eating , speaking, or otherwise using your jaw. However, if  they need to work overtime to posture the jaw because the teeth don’t fit together right, they can go into spasm and produce pain in the forehead area. Some temporal headache may result from other sources.

The teeth-muscle-joint system  has be in harmony and relaxed state for us to be pain free.

Because in the system above the teeth are the hard structures and non accommodating and it is muscles and joints that are accommodating.  Bad bites are most often to blame for TMD symptoms.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is based on the equilibrium between muscles-teeth-and joints so it balances this system. So when it comes to treatment of TMD  we deal mainly with non- accommodating part of that system , NMD is of outmost benefit and use  to establish the bite position that is in harmony with the muscles and joints.

If you suffer from the symptoms above please consult your dentist and enquire about Neuromuscular Dentistry

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