Statistics suggest nearly 12% of Americans suffer with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, also known as TMD or TMJ. It can cause severe pain and painfully hinder movement of the jaw. Suspect you’re in that 12 percent? It’s important to make an appointment now.
The Power of Central Dental
While it is not known what specifically causes TMD, there are different treatments for the problem depending on your dentist. It is important that you understand you do not have to live with the pain of TMD. Central Dental uses a practice known as Neuromuscular Dentistry, or NMD, which is also used in conjunction with neuromuscular orthodontics. The use of these practices is limited to dentists that have attended schools of dentistry offering specific courses and degrees involving NMD.
The treatment plan involves phases to guide the jaw and whole body into proper alignment as opposed to traditional orthodontic treatment which extracts teeth and forces the jaw into a more aesthetically pleasing position. The philosophy behind NMD is that the whole body posture affects teeth, bite, and your jaw. By retraining posture you can prevent or treat a TMD and place your jaw into proper alignment without the use of forceful orthodontics or surgery.
Focusing On Your Problems
Some symptoms of a problem with the temporomandibular joint include facial pain, swelling, headaches, tinnitus, and popping sounds in the jaw. Your dentist can identify the cause of the problems with TMJ and evaluate the best way to treat your condition through the use of neuromuscular dentistry. They will focus on retraining muscles in your mouth to work correctly with your neck and shoulders.
Neuromuscular dentistry actually realigns your jaw for proper bite and best overall posture. The treatment may involve neuromuscular orthodontics as well that are used to adjust the bone tissue and correctly align your teeth without having to use extraction.
The use of Orthotropics at Central Dental promotes facial realignment in children under the age of 10 to create the optimal jaw and teeth alignment and possibly prevent the need to neuromuscular orthodontics as they get older. Orthotropics actually create space in the mouth eliminating the problem almost entirely!
Neuromuscular dentistry is a cutting edge therapy for creating a perfectly aligned and aesthetically pleasing smile. By implementing this type of therapy for a painful TMJ problem, you will not just be treating the symptoms but healing the joint and eliminating pain for good not to mention creating a perfectly structured mouth and jaw. Regular checkups at an early age can help identify alignment and jaw issues early on for early preventive treatment. For a consultation about Neuromuscular dentistry treatment, schedule a consultation with Central Dental today.
If you have any questions, concerns, or if you want to make an appointment with one of our dentists in central Arkansas, contact us today at 501-725-0616.