The Temporomandibular Joints (TMJ) are the two joints in front of each ear. These joints connect the mandible (lower jaw bone) to the temporal bones of the skull on each side of the head. The muscles controlling the joints are attached to the mandible. These muscles allow for jaw movement. When aligned, they allow for smooth
Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach to dental treatment that focuses on the correction of jaw misalignment. Our Irvine Neuromuscular dentists determine the optimal position of the jaw in order to correct misalignment and adjust how the upper and lower teeth come together (occlusion). By realigning the jaw joint through the use of cosmetic dental restorations, tooth recontouring (equilibration) or orthodontics, our dentists strive to alleviate stress from the jaw muscles and eliminate painful symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Neuromuscular junction diseases can be of genetic and autoimmune origin. Genetic disorders, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, can arise from mutated structural proteins that comprise the neuromuscular junction, whereas autoimmune diseases, such as myasthenia gravis, occur when antibodies are produced against nicotinic acetylcholine receptors on the sarcolemma.
Diagnosis of TMJ disorders can be difficult, as jaw pain is often related to other conditions, such as poor sinus drainage, arthritis, or facial injury. Our qualified and experienced dentists can make a TMJ diagnosis and recommend an appropriate course of treatment to relieve some or all of the symptoms.
Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Some indications of TMJ disorders can include:
- Facial Pain
- Ear Ache
- Jaw Soreness
- Mouth Clicking or Popping
- Jaw Stiffness
- Neck Discomfort
The dentists at Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine may utilize several methods for treating TMJ, depending on your particular needs. Mouth guards, muscle relaxants, and stress reduction techniques can help. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our Irvine dental office at (949) 727-0777.