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American Family Dentistry
1560 Geer Rd, Ste C
Turlock, CA 95380
Ph. 209.634.8800
Fx. 209.634.8565
 
In our stressed-filled world the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is getting a lot of unfavorable attention. Many people experience significant pain on a daily basis that can be attributed directly to this joint connecting the lower jaw to the skull. This isn’t surprising because TMJ’s are the most complex joint system in the body--both the left and right joints must function together in the coordination of jaw movement in six dimensions. The neuromuscular system, bone shape, and a person’s bite pattern are responsible for the coordination.

Dysfunctions of the TMJ are recognized as temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or more comprehensively as craniomandibular disorders (CMD). The terminology refers to the clinician's ability to distinguish not only a disorder within the TMJ, but also primary physical disorders outside the joints that result in TMD. One such primary physical disorder is musculoskeletal dysfunction (MSD). MSD is a medical, as well as a dental syndrome and as such is typically misdiagnosed, as the signs and symptoms of MSD may overlap and appear as other medical conditions. A lack of training by health care professionals in recognizing MSD/TMD has led many patients to go untreated for a condition that only a properly trained dentist can manage.

According to the TMJ Association, 10.8 million Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), commonly referred to as lockjaw or jaw popping, at any given time. The condition, caused by an improperly aligned jaw, contributes to a myriad of problems, including neck, shoulder and eye discomfort, tinnitus (ringing of the ears), and most commonly, jaw pain.

Neuromuscular dentistry seeks to cure TMJ by retraining muscles, tissues, and nerves to properly align the jaw at rest. If the jaw is not in proper position at rest, it must work harder to perform basic functions - such as chewing or speaking - and in turn may repeatedly injure surrounding muscles. We specialize in a variety of treatment options, including neuromuscular dentistry, designed to alleviate and eliminate the symptoms of TMJ. To learn more about neuromuscular dentistry and you live in the Connecticut or Springfield and Boston, Massachusetts area, please contact dentist Dr. Peck today.
Effects of TMJ related problems

Causes of craniomandibular disorders range from chronic mouth breathing to tooth loss and excessive wear on teeth. Stress further complicates the condition. The symptoms are typically the direct result of an improper bite (malocclusion). In patients experiencing pain, this malocclusion will manifest itself as MSD and can be objectively revealed with bioelectronic instrumentation. Injury as a result of trauma to the craniomandibular system can also be analyzed.

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