TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is essentially a misalignment of the jaw that causes a number of painful problems, such as migraine headaches. The Temporomandibular joints are the small jaw joints that allow you to perform such functions as swallowing, chewing, and speaking.
TMJ problems that result from fatigue or misalignment of these muscles can cause a number of uncomfortable problems including:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Neck pain
- Light sensitivity
- Popping of the jaw
- Clicking of the jaw
- Grinding of the teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Migraine headaches
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Recent developments in neuromuscular technology have allowed an increasing number of patients to solve their bite and jaw problems. As a relatively new field, neuromuscular developments are offering patients relief from head and neck problems.
As a trained neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Moreau examines the muscles, nerves, and supporting jaw structure to determine the root cause of the misalignment. With state-of-the-art neuromuscular dentistry technology, Dr. Moreau can pinpoint where the problem lies and how to solve it. Once the problems are identified, Dr. Moreau can alleviate the symptoms using a combination of TMJ treatments and therapy to realign the jaw for proper function. Relief from TMJ problems can be treated in most cases without surgery with electromyography, TENSing and jaw tracking among others.
Although TMJ problems may not be curable, they are treatable once a trained neuromuscular dentist is able to diagnose the neuromuscular dysfunction. It is imperative that patients who experience the symptoms listed above explore the possibility of neuromuscular treatment.