Nothing within our bodies is simple.Take for instance the jaw. The jaw to most people is simply a joint that opens and closes when we talk, eat, yawn, and so on. Actually, the jaw joint is anything but easy to understand. The jaw joints, also known as the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), are connected to various other parts within the body including the skull, spine, and teeth. The TMJ is made up of bones, tendons, nerves, and muscles that all have to be working properly and in the right alignment to function. The jaw system is extremely delicate and because it is connected to various musculoskeletal systems, when something is wrong with it, the imbalance or misalignment can lead to other bodily problems.
For example, when the TMJ is not aligned properly because of an incorrect bite, it can cause a patient to suffer from a plethora of symptoms that all point towards TMJ Disorder (TMD). This disorder can bring about a lot of discomfort and pain. If you live in Colorado and are looking to treat your TMJ in Denver, come see Dr. Berry for the proper diagnosis and treatment you need. Contact our Denver office today.
Do You Have TMD? Consider These Symptoms
When a patient has TMJ disorder, there is a constant pressure that is put on the jaw bones, nerves, and especially muscles. This pressure can be felt in the form of jaw or neck pain, or some other type of discomfort. The strain exists because our bodies are naturally programmed to try to put the TMJ back into balance and to find a restful position for our teeth to come together. This causes even more pressure which then leads to pain and discomfort.
While the symptoms of TMJ disorder will differ from person to person, there are many that most patients will suffer from. Before assuming you have TMJ disorder, review some of the common TMJ symptoms and see which ones you have experienced or are experiencing now.
Treating Your TMJ
When it comes to treatment, there are two main methods that are used. Many physicians and even dentists will either opt to treat the symptoms or rely on surgery to fix the misaligned jaw. However, with advances in neuromuscular dentistry, dentists now have the ability to treat the source that is causing TMJ symptoms. This approach is much more conservative and is proven to work reliably for many patients. Dr. Berry favors this approach and will work with each and every patient to pinpoint and treat the cause of TMJ symptoms. He will use advanced technologies like the TENS systems to examine your jaw and determine where your ideal bite is.
Using a neuromuscular orthotic, also called a bite splint, Dr. Berry will then adjust your bite to the new ideal position. This ensures that the jaw bone and joints are in proper alignment which means proper balance and total relaxation for the TMJ. The bite splint is a great method to getting ridding of TMD symptoms that cause pain and discomfort for so many dental patients today. Read more about other TMJ treatment options.
In order to offer the best treatment for your needs, Dr. Berry also has the training necessary to use BOTOX ® as a treatment option for TMJ. Tension in your facial muscles can pull your jaw out of alignment. By targeting these muscles and allowing them to relax, BOTOX ® relieves your pain at the source.
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TMJ Video Illustrations
The following video clips were made, using frozen cadaver specimens, by Dr. Per Westesson at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.