At The Dental Boutique, our Gold Coast dentists are passionate about providing comprehensive general dentistry, as well as cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, including TMD and tinnitus treatment. Learn more about TMD and TMJ syndrome treatment to free yourself from headaches and jaw pain and take better care of your natural teeth and veneers.
Is Temporomandibular Dysfunction a Problem for You??
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is the term used to describe problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that are responsible for jaw movement. Around 70 percent of people who show signs of TMD don’t experience any pain, so it can be tough to know if it’s actually affecting you.
Our Gold Coast dentists recommend looking out for these symptoms:
- Stress or tension headaches
- Jaw joint pain
- Ear congestion
- Neck pain
- Pain behind the eye
- Poor sleep
- Discomfort and difficulty sleeping
How Does Neuromuscular Dentistry Work?
While your face is rested, your jaw should be aligned and relaxed. If your jaw is misaligned, you may experience painful symptoms that can worsen over time. Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) focuses on improving the relationship between your natural teeth, veneers, jaw joints, and muscles to avoid this pain.
Ongoing treatment options to restore the movement in your joint include:
- Wearing an oral appliance to prevent the jaws from grinding throughout the night
- Neuromuscular therapy to relax the joint and to retrain the muscles in their primary functions
- Surgery – this is an absolute last-resort option.
What to Expect from Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on relaxing the muscles around the jaw with a specially made transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS) device. This ultra-low frequency device relaxes the muscles to give your practitioner the best chance of realigning your jaw as part of TMD or tinnitus treatment.
We then use a K7 machine to establish the best position for your jaw while at rest and in motion. K7 uses electromyography, sonography, and jaw-tracking scans to listen to your jaw joint and record which muscles are experiencing tension. You will receive a custom-made orthotic device that gently realigns your jaw by maintaining a relaxed position.
Custom Neuromuscular Dental Treatments
Ready for expert neuromuscular dentistry and tinnitus treatment to solve your jaw problems and better support your natural teeth or veneers? Get in touch with The Dental Boutique today to get started on excellent dental care for TMD and TMJ syndrome with our Gold Coast dentists.