Neuromuscular Dentistry Can Relieve TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Dr. Alfredo Gapuz uses neuromuscular dentistry techniques to provide TMJ disorder treatment at his Orlando, FL, practice. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the relationship of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) with the teeth, bones, muscles, and nerves in and around the jaw joints. Often, TMJ disorder is the result of an imbalanced bite that forces the TMJs to overcompensate, which eventually results in inflammation and a host of related symptoms. Dr. Gapuz underwent advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) and is committed to using these techniques to help find the best solution for each of his patients. By assessing the way your TMJs and surrounding tissues interact, Dr. Gapuz can provide lasting relief from the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Neuromuscular dentistry analyzes the alignment of the jaws in order to diagnose and correct temporomandibular joint disorder. Our bodies make the balance of the jaws a priority. Therefore, if dental misalignment or other complications prevent the upper and lower dental arches from meeting properly, the TMJs will shift into an improper position in order to achieve balance. Over time, this places strain on the TMJs that can result in many painful symptoms:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Jaw pain
- Clicking, locking, or popping of the jaw joints
- Muscle pain or facial pain felt in the cheeks or the bones of the face
- Chronic aching, tooth pain, or sensitivity without apparent causes
Use of these advanced techniques allows Dr. Gapuz to provide patients with lasting and often life-changing relief.
Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment
Neuromuscular dentistry uses a unique set of tools to locate the cause of TMJ disorder symptoms:
- Transcutaneous Electro-Neural Stimulation (TENS) - Low-frequency electrical stimulation of the muscles surrounding the TMJs can relieve pain and spasms. TENS testing helps Dr. Gapuz determine the optimal resting jaw position after these muscles become relaxed. TENS stimulation is also used as a non-surgical pain management treatment.
- Electromyography (EMG) - This tool measures the activity of your jaw muscles while moving and at rest. Surface electrodes are used to measure the action in the muscles during various movements. Using the information gathered during the tests, Dr. Gapuz will locate the exact spot where your bite is straining your jaw and neck muscles, which then helps determine the ideal jaw joint position.
- Jaw Tracking (Electrognathography or Kinesiography) - Dr. Gapuz analyzes mandibular movement three-dimensionally. A headset is placed over the patient’s ears, and a magnet is attached to the lower front teeth. Testing follows the exact movement of your jaw while opening, closing, chewing, and swallowing. Studying these individual characteristics leads to finding your ideal jaw position.
- Sonography – Dr. Gapuz measures of the sounds created within the TMJs as the jaw moves. These sounds can be evaluated to help diagnose problems with the joint.
Use of these advanced techniques allows Dr. Gapuz to provide patients with lasting and often life-changing relief. Treatments for mild to moderate TMJ disorder can include orthodontics, oral splint therapy, or correcting the balance of your bite with dental crowns (equilibration).
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing persistent symptoms that could be related to TMJ disorder, contact the office of Dr. Gapuz online or call (407) 251-5100 to schedule a consultation. At Aesthetic and General Dentistry, we set aside a few open appointments every day to accommodate new patients as soon as possible. Dr. Gapuz can discuss your symptoms, look for possible causes, and recommend an effective treatment plan.