TMJ HEALTH AND THE K7 EVALUATION
Many Canadians suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches or migraines. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.
SYMPTOMS OF TMD INCLUDE:
- Pain in the jaw area
- Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth
BENEFITS OF TMD TREATMENT
Neuromuscular dentistry places the jaw into its optimal position, which relieves the symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD. While traditional dentistry evaluates primarily the teeth, bones, and gums, neuromuscular dentistry works with the hard and soft tissues, muscles, and nerves.
WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH TMD TREATMENT?
Using the K7 Evaluation System, Dr Richardson will determine the optimal position of your jaw by measuring the relaxed position of your head and neck muscles, then reposition your jaw to achieve those exact measurements.
Treatment options include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics, or restoring the teeth to their correct positions.
Should you notice any of the symptoms listed please contact Dr Richardson. He can identify the presence of TMJ disorder and create an effective treatment just for you.