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 which many people suffer from. If your teeth are worn down, chipped 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.
2)Clicking or grating sound in the jaw joints
- Facial pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Ear pain
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Tinnitus or ear ringing
- Ear congestion or pressure
- Restricted jaw movement or locking
Utilizing computerized jaw tracking and muscle monitoring instrumentation, the balance of this complex system may be measured and corrected, with the ultimate goal being functional integration. The initial evaluation utilizes electromyography (EMG) to objectively measure the activity of the muscles of the head and neck, identify hyperactive or fatigued muscles, and utilize the neuromuscular techniques proven most effective at solving these problems.
Sonography is used to evaluate joint noises and dysfunction, while the movement of the jaw is tracked in three-dimensional space. The muscles are then relaxed utilizing TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation), a technology medical professionals rely on to relieve pain caused by spasm and tension by releasing endorphins, the body’s own natural painkillers. Through the combined use of TENS, along with computerized jaw tracking, we are then able to find the optimal physiologic rest position of the jaw that puts it in harmony with relaxed muscles.
We then analyze the objective information collected from these tests and integrate three-dimensional x-rays of the joints to diagnose the cause and recommend the best course of action to eliminate the problem.
All diagnostics and Phase I treatments offered at Headache and Migraine Center of Kinnelon are conservative, reversible and non-surgical.
To learn more about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry and whether it is right for you, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Headache and Migraine Center of Kinnelon, New Jersey at 973-838-5585 . Take back your life today!