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Traditional vs Physiologic Treatment


The benefits of a physiologic approach to TMJ treatment

tmj-new-treatmentWhy going ‘Old School’?

When the bite is misaligned it can result in excessive strain on the jaw joints, more specifically the temporomandibular jaw joints or TMJs. Emerging from this strain is pain which is transferred from its origin to other parts of the body, including the neck, head, shoulders, face and ears.

The trigeminal nerve is a nerve with its origin in the TMJ. When the jaw is misaligned the pressure on the TMJ sends out messages through this nerve to other parts of the body. The areas that are close to the origin of the pain suffer almost as much as the pain’s centre and the stress put on these secondary areas can even result in pain radiating to the back and arms.

The physiologic or neuromuscular dentistry approach to pain relief is based on a whole body approach and focuses on the system that connects the joints to surrounding muscles and nerves. This approach to treatment helps to provide long term relief to symptoms like headaches, migraines, muscle pain, facial pain, ear ringing and dizziness which are commonly associated with jaw misalignment.

Traditional TMJ treatment isn’t a bad thing

Traditional treatment for TMJ tends to focus on the immediate region around the jaw joints rather than looking at the muscles or other organs that help to move the joints or are affected by their misalignment.

By focusing on the way the bite has become misaligned traditional dentistry treatment methods can often provide a temporary solution to TMJ disorder, but may not provide more permanent relief.

Better results with a physiologic approach to TMJ treatment

physiologic-treatment-tmjNeuromuscular dentistry assesses and provides treatment for your oral health overall by assessing how well your teeth, muscle and joints co operate.

If your bite is not co operating with your jaw muscles symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, restrictive opening of the jaw, jaw clicking, popping and cracking, neck pain, grinding of teeth and tooth breakdown can take place. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the system that has control over the function and positioning of your neck and jaw.

Neuromuscular dentists have in their dental surgeries modern computer technology and other electronic devices that help to diagnose, treat and reduce or eliminate the pain of  TMJ disorder symptoms.

Find a TMJ dentist in your area

The ICCMO is a group of dentists and other health-care professionals who share a similar approach to treating disorders of the jaw joint using neuromuscular dentistry techniques. The numbers grow every year and we share ideas and techniques that we have found to be successful in solving TMJ problems.

You may find an ICCMO dentist on our website near you who can help to solve the pain and suffering you have been going through.

Find a TMJ Dentist in your area

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