TMD & Physiologic treatment of TMD
TMD Bismarck, Garrison – North Dakota
What is TMD?
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is the misalignment of your jaw joint which can create problems with your bite and cause serious, debilitating pain. At Deeter Dental, one of our focuses is on neuromuscular dentistry, the treatment of TMD by realigning your jaw joint to relieve pain and create a healthy bite.
Symptoms of TMD
TMD is a fairly common problem that affects millions of people all over the world. TMD may be caused by genetics or by trauma to the jaw. Neuromuscular dentistry can help you correct the issues caused by your misaligned jaw. Many patients find that their symptoms are alleviated almost immediately once they have begun treatment.
The symptoms of TMD may include:
- Headaches similar to migraines
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Tension and pain in the neck, shoulders, and/or back
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Grinding teeth
- Ringing in the ears or difficulty hearing
- Tooth aches or sore jaws
- Blurred vision
While these symptoms are not always indicators of TMD, they are frequently found in patients suffering from TMD.
The treatment of TMD may vary somewhat from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the misalignment and on the symptoms you exhibit. Treatment often includes the use of a TENS unit, a machine which sends low-impulse electric waves to the muscles in the jaw joint, allowing them to relax into a more natural position. The impulses feel similar to a massage, and most patients feel calm and relaxed by their TENS unit treatment.
Once your jaw is relaxed into its natural state, our Bismarck neuromuscular dentists can create a treatment plan to allow your jaw to stay in its more natural position. This may include building up tooth material which has been lost through grinding teeth, or it may require the use of a custom mouth guard to be worn at night.
What is Physiologic Based Dentistry?
If I told you I could help you sleep and breathe better, rid you of a lifetime of headaches, neck and back pain, increase your energy and stamina and help you live a longer and happier life without medication, would you believe me?
Maybe not – it’s good to be skeptical. But if you look at the evidence it may convince you. What am I talking about? Physiologic dentistry. Yes, that’s right – Dentistry! Need info, read through the book “Breakthrough”.
What is Physiologic Dentistry?
Physiologic dentistry also known as neuromuscular dentistry is the science of aligning the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw while creating a balanced and relaxed musculature of the head and neck in the process, without any surgery!
Headaches affect all of us from time to time but are you one of those who is affected by them every day? Do you wake up with headaches and suffer from them all day? Have you seen multiple medical specialists, you were told there is nothing wrong and all they offered were meds? Well I can tell you that you are not alone, that there is hope and a solution for you. The answer is physiologic dentistry.
How Physiologic Dentistry resolves headaches:
You may still wonder how physiologic dentistry can resolve your pain without medications. The secret is understanding that nothing in your body is separate.
Your jaw muscles are the largest muscles in your head so when they’re not functioning properly everything in your neck and head can be thrown off balance. You can experience tension headaches, sore neck, and upper back pain for starters.
And there’s one more major wrinkle: The nerve that commands your muscles is the trigeminal nerve, which is cranial nerve 5. This one single nerve commands 60% of all the input and output of the 12 cranial nerves. Most migraines and headaches are related to the muscles controlled by the trigeminal nerve. Some doctors want to treat this by cutting away these muscles or using drugs to relax them. But physiologic dentistry has a better solution.
All these headaches come from muscle tension, right? So why not just remove the tension? By helping your jaw find a tension tree position we can reduce your headaches and migraines without drugs.
Schedule A Consultation
Next time we’ll talk more about your airway and how physiologic dentistry can improve your sleep and overall health. But if you already suspect that dental problems may be causing your headaches, why suffer another day? Please call (701) 222-1800 today and ask for a TMD/Sleep consult with Dr. Lucas.