What is TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry?

The science of TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry

tmj-neuromuscular-dentistry-beverly-maMany people find it extremely difficult to enjoy everyday activities because of a painful condition such as a headache, earache, sore ear or an aching neck. It has been estimated that more than twenty-eight million people suffer from chronic headaches, while about forty-five million experience migraine headaches on a regular basis.

These headache sufferers and those who experience facial pain, sore jaws and even tinnitus assume that these are symptoms of some medical disorder. As a result, they often seek diagnosis and treatment from a medical professional to help them find relief from the debilitating pain. The patient or the physician may not suspect that jaw problems (TMJ or TMD) may be the underlying cause of the pain.

What do jaws problems have to do with dentistry?

TMJ, or TMD is a term used to describe a disorder associated with the muscles of your temporomandibular joint which connects your lower jaw to your skull. Symptoms can include:

  • jaw pain
  • headaches
  • facial pain
  • worn/eroded teeth
  • clicking or popping in the jaw
  • numbness or tingling in the arms and hands
  • neck and shoulder pain

Snoring and teeth grinding are also widespread among patients who suffer from TMJ disorder. Women tend to experience more pain from TMJ disorder, but men have more significant damage to their teeth bone and gums from this disorder. The temporomandibular joint is a very complex joint, and its location is in an area of the body where many muscles, bones and nerves cross paths. A TMJ disorder is caused by a bad bite or malocclusion. Dr. Polan has helped hundreds of patients who suffer from TMJ with the principles of neuromuscular dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry vs traditional dentistry

page-images-what-is-tmjNeuromuscular dentistry is the science of using the relaxed position of the muscles of your head and neck to put your jaw into the ideal position for comfort and function. It is also used to find the best jaw position before restorative dentistry to ensure longevity. How is neuromuscular dentistry different from traditional dentistry? Whereas traditional dentistry only looks at the jaw and the teeth, neuromuscular dentistry looks at the muscles that control the jaw and the nerves that control the muscles, and how this relates to the overall body.

This simple answer brings good news for anyone who has undiagnosed or misdiagnosed painful TMJ symptoms. Our teeth, gums, facial muscles and nerves in our mouths must work in harmony. Millions of people suffer from this chronic degenerative disorder without realizing the impact it is having on their well-being and how neuromuscular dentistry could provide the treatment they need to regain good health.

Beat TMJ with technology

Neuromuscular dentistry relies on modern technology to treat TMJ more effectively.

  • A Computerized Mandibular Scan can pinpoint the movements of your jaw.
  • Sonography is used to detect the sounds associated with misalignments such as popping or snapping.
  • Transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation, or TENS, works to sooth jaw muscles and reduce pain.
  • Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth, and veneers, bridges and crowns repair damaged or decayed teeth, helping to restore your optimal bite position.
  • Orthotics can reduce jaw pressure or mitigate teeth clenching or grinding.
  • Orthodontics can realign your teeth to put your jaw back into a that is comfortable position.


Get Exceptional TMJ pain relief and get back to enjoying your life

Dr. Ben Polan is a Beverly dentist, who is specially trained to thoroughly evaluate TMJ problems. Because every individual has specific needs that require different treatment approaches, every patient receives an individualized treatment plan designed to meet those needs.

Patients who receive the proper corrective treatments benefit from improvements in chewing, breathing and possibly speaking. Those who suffer from debilitating pain find relief once balance is restored to the mouth. TMJ treatment will help you enjoy a better quality of life and an overall enhanced appearance.

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