TMJ-TMD Neuromuscular Dentistry
People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth.
One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.
People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity.
Some treatments for TMD include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep.
Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. The most extreme form of TMD involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint. Traumatic injuries also can cause jaw dislocation.
In these cases, jaw surgery may be required to correct the condition. Some jaw surgery can be performed arthroscopically.
To put it simply, neuromuscular dentistry places the jaw into its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with TMJ. While traditional dentistry evaluates primarily the teeth, bones and gums, neuromuscular dentistry works with the hard and soft tissues, muscles and nerves while enhancing and protecting the airway. Neuromuscular dentists understand that your hard and soft tissues have a complex relationship and work to make that relationship a harmonious one. Neuromuscular dentists understand the necessity for including the power source (muscles) and the controls (nerves), which create the movement, pressures, and function of the mouth.
When the jaw is misaligned, both the hard and soft tissues are affected and many physiological problems can result, such as headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder pain, tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, and clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint. In a number of cases, these symptoms are the result of TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), also referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) or MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction).
NTI Headache Treatment
Are you suffering from migraine and/or tension headaches on a consistent basis? If so, you’re not alone. There are millions of people fighting the same debilitating battle every day, trying to live their lives to the best of their abilities while dealing with reoccurring headaches.
Some people are frustrated with traditional treatment options. Others haven’t found success. Still others are searching for a way to prevent their headaches from returning. Regardless of which group you fall into, Dr. Barbara Mallonee has a solution that has already helped many of her patients find relief from headache pain: the NTI-tss Dental Device.
NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition – tension suppression system, which is a huge phrase for a device that is actually fairly simple. The NTI-tss Dental Device is a small, custom-made night-guard that fits securely and comfortably over your front teeth. The patented design of the NTI-tss allows a gentle separation of your canine and back teeth, helping to minimize the force of your clench and relaxing the muscles in your head.
This safe and effective treatment is FDA cleared, reduces pain, and is indicated for migraine prevention. If you’re tired of fighting the endless battle of migraine and/or tension headaches, the NTI-tss Dental Device may be the solution you’ve been searching for.