TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry in Fort Worth, TX
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. The TMJs are two small joints that hold the mandible to the temporal bone and allow for the free movement of your lower jaw.
Have you ever wondered what the word means? “Temporo”- derives from the Latin word tempus, which means “time,” or possibly from the Greek word temnion, which means “battle.” The Latin may be associated with the gray hair that appears on the side of the head over time, while the Greek may relate to the fact that this area of the skull is highly susceptible to fatal injury during battle. In temporomandibular, temporo refers to the temporal bones of the skull, which are located just in front of and beneath the ears along both sides of your head. Mandibular, from the Latin word “mandere,” means “to chew” and refers to the lower jaw.
What is TMD?
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder. TMD occurs when the TMJs are misaligned. Patients with TMD often suffer from headaches or migraines, limited jaw function, popping or clicking jaw joints, and/or pain in the head, neck, face, jaw, shoulders, and/or lower back. Some patients experience chronic earaches or ringing ears, and others notice a tingling sensation in their fingers. TMD pain ranges from mild to debilitating.
What is neuromuscular dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry is the study of how the nerves, muscles, and teeth work together in harmony for optimal oral function. Disharmony of the system, such as having misaligned TMJs, can place stress on muscles and nerves, which can result in a long list of nagging symptoms.
What does the word mean? “Neuro”- comes from the Latin work nervus, which means “sinew, nerve, or determination.” In English, neuro refers to the nervous system or nerves. Muscular, as it sounds, relates to muscles, and dentistry is a modernization of the Latin dens, which means tooth.
Treatment & Diagnosis of TMD
With a focus on neuromuscular principles, uses advanced technology to diagnose and treat TMD. He’ll physically assess your mouth, teeth, and jaws, then discuss your symptoms. If he believes you may have TMD, he’ll proceed with treatment if he feels that it is absolutely imperative and you're not afraid to go the extra mile for your TMJ therapy.
As a former student and instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, has an extensive understanding of neuromuscular dentistry. He will diagnose and address your TMD with minimally invasive treatment that can greatly improve your comfort and quality of life.
Contact our office if you are currently suffering from any of the TMJ Disorder symptoms listed above. With the appropriate diagnosis and treatment, you can finally find relief!