What is TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry?

What is TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry?

The science of TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry

What is TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry?

The science of TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry

Dr. Benjamin Polan explains the science of TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry in Beverly, MA

The science of TMJ (neuromuscular) dentistry

Many 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) may be the underlying cause of the pain.

What do jaws problems have to do with dentistry?

TMJ 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. 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 often caused by a bad bite or malocclusion.

Neuromuscular dentistry vs traditional dentistry

Neuromuscular 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. 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.

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 and retain 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 soothe 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.

Relieve TMJ pain with neuromuscular dentistry and get back to enjoying your life

Dr. Benjamin Polan is a dentist in Beverly, MA who is specially trained to thoroughly evaluate TMJ problems. Since every individual has unique needs that require different treatment approaches, every patient receives an individualized treatment plan tailored to meet those needs.

Patients who receive the proper corrective treatments benefit from improvements in chewing, breathing and possibly even 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.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Botox

Botox

Look younger with botox cosmetic

Botox

Look younger with botox cosmetic

Beverly, MA dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan helps you look younger with Botox

Look younger with botox cosmetic

If you are one of the many individuals who find that signs of aging are appearing more quickly than you would have imagined, you are not alone. Luckily, advancements in technology have reduced the severity and expense of anti-aging procedures. New injectables and creams make it easy for individuals to look and feel younger in a fraction of the time.

One of the most common injectable medications widely known for reducing wrinkles and the effects of aging is Botox. A temporary filler, Botox (otherwise known as Botulinum toxin), was introduced to the general public a mere 15 years ago as a muscle immobilizer.

Used in the 1970s and 1980s as a solution for facial, neck, and shoulder spasms, Botox gained popularity from physicians who began to notice a reduction in wrinkle depth and appearance in areas where this neurotoxin was injected.

Botox and TMJ

Botox, though most widely now used for aesthetic purposes still maintains its popularity as a muscle immobilizer that can be used to treat common conditions such as TMJ. Injected directly into the muscle in pre-selected facial regions, Botox works by blocking the path of nerve impulses to injected muscles, helping them to relax.

Despite the potential side effects of Botox, this injectable has been approved by the FDA and has been used as a cosmetic enhancement drug for over 40 years. Not only does it create a smoother, more youthful complexion, but it also allows patients to regain self-confidence in their appearance. In treating the signs of aging, this nonsurgical procedure reduces wrinkles by immobilizing the muscles that cause them to develop.

Is botox for you?

Though very effective, this neurotoxin injection is temporary. This allows individuals to view the results it can provide for them in a timely, controlled manner. Botox provides the perfect solution between natural aging and the emerging anti-aging climate that is present in today’s society.

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA is one of the area’s leading dentists specializing in Botox cosmetic dentistry. With an extensive education and experience, Dr. Polan is able to provide professional, reliable opinions about the use of Botox in cosmetic dentistry.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan