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
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.
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
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 InjuriesFalls, 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.
ArthritisOver 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:
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What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry? Advanced TMJ Treatment Techniques
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
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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:
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Neuromuscular Dentistry Candidates Who Should Consider TMJ Treatment?
TMD Symptoms PresentIf 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 DysfunctionIf 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 CareThe 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
Neuromuscular dental care is ideal for all sorts of people who suffer from facial and cranial pain.
Relieve Your Jaw Pain and Joint Dysfunction
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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.View On Google
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