Learn about TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry

Learn about TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry

Many Fairfax dental patients, and many more from around the country, suffer from TMJ related pain. As a leading Fairfax VA TMJ dentist, many dental procedures Dr. Kelliher provides have the potential to alter the alignment and structure of the jaw and teeth. The proper alignment of the lower jaw’s joint is essential to providing an optimal range of motion. When the joint, called the temporomandibular joint, is misaligned due to injury, disease, degeneration or poor dental work, the result can be a debilitating and painful disorder known as TMD dysfunction.

Symptoms of the disorder include facial soreness, pain, clicking and locking of the jaw, tooth grinding, neck aches, headaches and excessive and uneven tooth wear. Patients may also experience ringing in the ears, sensitive teeth, migraines, depression and cracked teeth as a result of a misaligned jaw. If you are experiencing these symptoms, relief may be found by visiting a neuromuscular dentist.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a growing treatment option for sufferers of TMD and related symptoms. A dentist specializing in this practice can use a variety of techniques to provide relief and treat the disorder.

Using specialized instruments, a neuromuscular dentist can measure the placement and range of motion of a patient’s jaw. Our Fairfax TMJ dentist can then determine the jaw’s best alignment, then create an orthic device that is worn by the patient for a period of time. After wearing the device for the prescribed period of time, the patient may return to Dr. Kelliher for a final realignment. The device and neuromuscular dentistry techniques are used to properly realign the jaw so symptoms of TMD are eliminated and the patient can comfortably use the jaw’s full range of motion.

by Dr. Dan Kelliher

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