Neuromuscular Dentistry/TMJ Therapy
Jaw-popping, earaches, chronic headaches, and unexplained facial pain signal temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This common, but treatable, condition affects an estimated 10 million Americans at any given time. At Chaska Dental Center, we use neuromuscular dentistry to restore healthy oral function and provide relief from TMJ discomfort.
What causes TMJ-related pain?
The two small joints located in front of your ears enable smooth jaw motion. When impacted by stress, trauma, a misaligned bite, or other factors, these joints malfunction. Nerves and muscles become over-stimulated and send signals that something is amiss. Symptoms range from annoying to life altering.
What is neuromuscular dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry considers the harmonious function of the entire chewing system: teeth, jaw joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. This approach treats the whole mouth and restores pain-free function through non-surgical therapies.
How can I get relief?
You’ll receive a comprehensive evaluation to determine the source of your pain. Many patients find relief with a thin, comfortable mouthguard worn during sleep. This custom-fitted oral appliance places the jaw into an ideal position, which eases stressed muscles and nerves to eliminate discomfort. If you have a misaligned bite, we may suggest gently building up the surface of your back teeth to restore optimal occlusion. We can also give you tips about managing stress and incorporating healthy habits into your lifestyle.