TMJ and Neuromuscular dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry enhances traditional dentistry.  The term Neuromuscular dentistry is used to describe the additional consideration of muscle and joint status when evaluating your bite or occlusion.   Occlusion, or how the teeth fit together, is affected by several factors - the teeth, the muscles and the temporomandibular ( TMJ ) joint.   

If you are suffering from TMD, a neuromuscular dentist, like Dr Sudikoff, can play an integral role in restoring a healthy bite and eliminating painful
symptoms.  The causes and symptoms of TMD can vary widely.  There is no magic one size fits all cure.  Determing your best bite position is done through analysis of data collected from electromyograpy, TENS and the K7.  This objective data helps Dr Sudikoff determine the best treatment plan for you.  

There are a number of ways to treat TMD, and remedies will vary based on the results of the jaw mapping. Ideally we aim to suggest the more conservative treatment options first - and in many cases simple therapies ( such as jaw massage, exercises, or tens therapy) or an appliance to encourage balance in the upper and lower jaw.   

How to spot TMD symptoms

Even though TMD indicates a jaw joint problem, the condition has far reaching effects that can intrude on your ability to work or enjoy life. 
Symptoms of Neuromuscular distress include but not limited to:

  • Headaches, including frontal and cluster 
  • Migraines
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Pain in the neck, head or shoulders
  • Rapid wearing of enamel
  • Sensitive teeth, including notching at the gum line and recession
  • Jaw tenderness, Limited mouth opening
  • Tingling of the fingertips
  • Loose teeth, difficulty swallowing
  • clenching and grinding
  • Jaw pain and or jaw noice such as clicking or popping