Understanding neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ/TMD

TMJ, Houston TX At the practice of Dr. Heather F. Fleschler, patients in Houston, TX and the surrounding communities are able to receive comprehensive dental care. This includes neuromuscular dentistry for patients who have been diagnosed with TMJ or TMD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

Dr. Heather F. Fleschler of Houston, TX describes TMJ as the temporomandibular joint. This joint is present in the jaw and allows the mouth to open and close. There are times when there may be a dysfunction in the jaw joint or the surrounding muscles that can cause chronic problems, and this is referred to as a diagnosis of TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition can be problematic for patients, causing issues such as:

• Lock jaw

• Popping and cracking of the jaw joint

• Pain radiating from the ears down to the shoulders

• Chronic headaches/migraines

When this condition has been diagnosed, patients will need to work with a dentist who provides neuromuscular dentistry.

Understanding neuromuscular dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialized field of dental work in which the dentist has exclusive training and expertise in the muscles and joints around the mouth. This includes diagnosis and treatment of TMJ/TMD. Treatment options for patients with this condition will vary depending on the specific severity of the condition, the symptoms of the condition, and the patient’s lifestyle and budget. In many cases, patients may be told to consider the following services:

• Restorative treatments to reduce problems, such as orthodontics

• The use of an oral appliance to realign the jaw and reduce tension

• The use of a TENS unit to apply electrical pulses to the muscles of the mouth

• Pharmaceuticals such as pain medication and muscle relaxants

Interested in receiving dental care for neuromuscular concerns?

If you live in the area of Houston, TX and have been diagnosed with conditions such as TMJ and TMD, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with our team of professionals at the practice of Dr. Heather F. Fleschler to determine if you could benefit from specialty care. Contact her facility by calling (713) 660-6500 and visit the practice at 5252 Westchester Street, #200 for more information.

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