Neuromuscular physiologic dentistry is the area of dentistry that strives to place the jaw in its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Neuromuscular physiologic dentistry works with the hard tissues and soft tissues, muscles and nerves. When the jaw is misaligned, both the hard and soft tissues are affected and many physiological problems can result. When the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is not aligned properly, a number of symptoms may appear including:
If you have one or some combination of these symptoms and have found no relief at your doctor’s office, you may be suffering from TMD. A highly trained TMD Physiologic dentist like Dr. Wallace can evaluate your symptoms thorough examination, and will be able to tell you if you suffer from TMD.
TMD is a chronic degenerative disease that often takes years to develop; at the current time, millions of Americans suffer from this debilitating condition, and many don’t even realize it. Only a trained Physiologic dentist can determine what is the optimal position for your health.
Once you have been diagnosed with TMD, Dr. Wallace will discuss the various treatment options with you and determine your best course of treatment. Some of the most successful TMD treatments include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics, and restoring the teeth to their correct position.
Typically, treatment will involve the following: