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You could have temporomandibular dysfunction or issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) if you suffer from constant headaches, jaw pain, dizziness or irritating headaches
Effective treatment is available through neuromuscular dentistry. Painless and drug free, neuromuscular dentistry can treat TMJ syndrome, freeing you of headaches, giving you a restful night’s sleep and a confident beautiful smile.
Is temporomandibular dysfunction - or TMD - 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.
A surprising 70 percent of people show signs of TMD and are pain free, so how do you know if TMJ is an issue for you? People with TMD usually present with one or a number of the following 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, it is vitally important that your jaw can sit in an aligned and relaxed position. 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 teeth, jaw joints and muscles.
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.
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.
We then use a K7 machine to establish the best position for your jaw while at rest and in motion. K7 works by using electromyography, sonography and jaw-tracking scans to listen to your jaw joint and record which muscles are experiencing tension.
You'll be administered a personalised, custom-made orthotic device that gently realigns your jaw. This appliance will either be removable or fixed, and it works by maintaining a relaxed position in your jaw.