Our thanks to Dr. Curtis Westersund of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, (www.makemesmile.com) who produced this video and graciously consented to our using it. It is entertaining, informative, and lays the groundwork for understanding TMD, otherwise known as TMJ dysfunction. Dr. Westersund is a fellow graduate of Las Vegas Institute for Adanced Dental Studies, also achieving Fellowship status in Neuromuscular Aesthetic Dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry recognizes that harmony between the TMJ, the position of the teeth, and the resting length of relaxed muscles of the head, neck and jaw are of paramount importance. Thirty years of research and clinical experience have identified the neuromuscular techniques that are most effective in diagnosing and treating people with various levels of head and neck pain.
Neuromuscular dentistry may relieve the pain and discomfort from which many people suffer. If your teeth are worn down, chipped, missing or misaligned and you have experienced any of the following symptoms, an incorrect bite or improper jaw position may be the cause of your discomfort.
- TMJ pain
- Clicking or grating sound in the jaw joints
- Restricted jaw movement or locking
- Facial pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Ear pain, congestion or pressure
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Tinnitus or ear ringing