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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Clicking in your jaw and facial pain are common signs that your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is not functioning properly.

Thanks to neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Byron W. Wall can diagnose TMJ disorders and develop an effective custom treatment plan.

Learn how our Albuquerque, NM dental office diagnoses and treats TMJ problems.

About TMJ Disorders Understanding Jaw Joint Dysfunction

Colloquially referred to as TMD, TMJ disorders are often misunderstood by the public. Here are the basics of jaw dysfunction and why it needs to be taken seriously.
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The Jaw Joint

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located where the jaw meets the cranium. It is one of the most complicated joints in the body due to the many different types of movement required to bite, chew, speak, and emote. When the structures of the jaw do not function normally, this is known as a TMJ disorder, or TMD.

TMD Classifications

There are different ways to classify TMD, which helps determine approaches to treatment. Myofascial pain refers to muscle pain affecting the jaw. Internal derangement of the joint refers to poor joint alignment or function. Inflammatory joint disease refers to fluid accumulation around the jaw.

TMJ Disorders Are More Common Than You Think

More people suffer from TMJ disorders than you may realize. The NIH notes that the prevalence of jaw joint issues is twice as likely in women than in men. Additionally, rates of TMD are higher among people younger in age.

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Common Causes of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders are caused by issues that affect the jaw and its surrounding structures. While cases can be complicated, the factors that most often contribute include: 

Crooked Teeth (Malocclusion)

Poorly aligned teeth often mean your bite is not optimally positioned. The poorly balanced stress on your teeth can affect the health of the TMJ over time, leading to joint dysfunction.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Often linked to malocclusion and stress, bruxism is the clenching, gnashing, and grinding of the teeth. This strain on the teeth also affects facial and jaw muscles as well as the joint itself.

Facial Trauma and Head Injuries

Falls, accidents, and other kinds of physical trauma to the head or face can affect the alignment and normal function of the jaw joint as well as any surrounding nerves and muscle tissue.

Arthritis

Over time, the movement of the mouth will take its toll on the cartilage of the TMJ. This wear and tear can lead to osteoarthritis, which causes swelling, tenderness, and stiffness in a joint.

Schedule a Consultation with a Skilled Dentist

People in the Albuquerque do not have to suffer through TMD. Dr. Wall offers some of the latest dental procedures and techniques to address all kinds of problems affecting oral health and wellness.

In practice since 1983, Dr. Wall brings nearly four decades of experience to every patient's case. He is a proud member of the Albuquerque District Dental Society and the New Mexico Dental Association.

To learn more about the latest dental treatments and how we can help you, be sure to contact Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico. You can also reach us by phone by calling:

(505) 883-4488

Excellent Reviews from Patients Throughout Albuquerque, NM

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JDR

2020

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Great office staff and dental hygienist. I would absolutely recommend Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico and am looking forward to getting the work done and having a nice, professional, healthy smile!! Glad I'm a patient :)

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Romie Lavoie

2020

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Dr. Wall is always amazing. Kind, gentle, professional, and awesome dentist. His staff is always smart, kind, and personable.

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What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry? Advanced TMJ Treatment Techniques

Our Albuquerque practice takes a unique approach to addressing problems with the temporomandibular joint. Neuromuscular dentistry has helped countless patients.

The Primary Principle

The main principle behind neuromuscular dentistry is that the jaw and facial muscles must be relaxed in order for a person's teeth and joints to function properly. Dentists work to achieve this state in TMD patients.

Correlation Between Tissues

When dealing with TMJ dysfunction, we examine the interaction of different parts of the face and neck. This means a thorough examination of how muscles, nerves, bone, and cartilage interact while a person's mouth moves.

Enhancing Overall Function

By noting symptoms and analyzing these different structures of the head, face, and neck in motion, we can diagnose the cause or causes of a patient's TMD. We can then create a custom orthotic and treatment plan.

Neuromuscular Dental Care Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for TMJ

Dr. Wall discusses Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico's ability to diagnose headaches, migraines, vertigo, earaches, and neck pain. This unique approach to diagnosis and treatment is an essential part of alleviating TMJ disorders.

Contact Our Dental Practice to Learn More About TMJ Disorders

Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico is one of the leading dental practices in Albuquerque. This is thanks in great part to Dr. Wall and his team's dedication to patients and their care.

Dr. Wall and his entire staff visit the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies at least once a year. This helps the entire team learn the latest information about dentistry and further hone their skills.

If you are looking for a dentist who is attentive to your needs and cares about your situation, be sure to contact Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico. You can also reach us by phone at:

(505) 883-4488

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A Dentist You Can Rely On Who Cares About Albuquerque, NM

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Roxanne R. Musselman-Gomez

2020

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Dr. Wall is the best. He only wants what is best for his patients. Everyone at the office is so supportive and kind. Would recommend him a million times over.

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Margaret Connealy

2019

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I get the usual friendly and courteous service. I do not have to wait for anything which I appreciate.

Monica is very efficient and kind and does a thorough job of my cleaning. She manages to be friendly and also efficient which is very good for me.

Top marks for service and ambience.

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Neuromuscular Dentistry Candidates Who Should Consider TMJ Treatment?

Neuromuscular dental care is ideal for all sorts of people who suffer from facial and cranial pain. Here are some good indications that it's the right treatment for you.

TMD Symptoms Present

If you suffer from any TMD symptoms, neuromuscular dentistry can be extremely helpful. We will diagnose the cause or causes of your problem and determine the ideal treatment.

Long-Term TMJ Dysfunction

If you've found it difficult to chew, speak, laugh, and yawn, it's a good idea to visit a dentist. A TMJ disorder may be one of many health problems affecting your overall well being.

Seeking Conservative Care

The neuromuscular approach seeks to avoid surgery and invasive procedures whenever possible. Many patients appreciate this smart approach to dentistry and holistic health.

What to Expect during Neuromuscular Dentistry Treatment

Many people are curious about how neuromuscular dentistry works and what the treatment process is like. Here's an overview of what happens during treatment at our Albuquerque practice.
Neuromuscular dental care is ideal for all sorts of people who suffer from facial and cranial pain.
Neuromuscular dental care is ideal for all sorts of people who suffer from facial and cranial pain.

Initial Discussion

During your visit, we'll discuss you TMD symptoms as well as other issues with facial or cranial pain. This helps us understand the severity of the problem and its effect on you.

Exam and Diagnostics

We will perform a full exam and take digital x-rays to assess the position of your teeth and other structures of the mouth. 3-D imaging helps us identify malocclusion and misalignment.

Finding an Ideal Jaw Position

Dr. Wall will use a Myomonitor™ to relax the jaw muscles using low-frequency electrical impulses. This soothes pain, expels toxins, and helps us find an ideal position for the bite at rest.

Creation of an Orthotic

From the x-rays and scans, we will create a custom appliance known as an orthotic. Patients wear their orthotic in the mouth to improve the position of their jaw and alleviate TMD symptoms.

Other Treatment Options

If an orthotic is not a viable treatment for your TMJ disorder, we can discuss other methods of care. We'll always strive for effective yet conservative options for TMD treatment.

Relieve Your Jaw Pain and Joint Dysfunction

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Neuromuscular dentistry examines the relationship between muscles, nerves, teeth, and your jaw. It's a holistic approach to dentistry that focuses on how different parts of the body work together. The goal is total patient wellness that lasts for years to come.

Five-Star Dentistry for the People of Albuquerque, NM

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Cat Hubka

2019

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The entire staff has kind, considerate, and had an incredibly upbeat, optimistic attitude. I have been dealing with TMD for over two years and not one dentist or doctor has presented any kind of solution for my issue. They couldn't even pinpoint the source of the problem. Within a couple of hours, Dr. Wall and his incredibly empathetic staff narrowed down the cause of my condition. It remains to be seen if his recommendations will relieve my suffering because yet another specialist will come into play and I have complicating factors to treatment, but for the first time in over two years, I have some hope. Tears are welling with relief. I'm finally being taken seriously and not blamed for my suffering. Thank you so much, Dr. Wells and staff. Fingers crossed and prayers for a positive outcome. No one should have to suffer this long to find an answer.

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Myia Hackett

2019

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Dr. Wall and staff are amazing! I really hate going to a dentist, BUT they are truly caring and understanding! This is why I continue to travel to New Mexico for my dental care!

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Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico

Dr. Byron W. Wall of Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico has provided greater Albuquerque with advanced services and compassionate dental care since 1983. Our friendly team offers a range of treatments to maximize the impact of your smile. Dr. Wall is affiliated with the:

  • Albuquerque District Dental Society
  • New Mexico Dental Association
  • University of New Mexico

To schedule an appointment at our office, contact us online or call (505) 883-4488.

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