Jaw, Head, Neck Pain (TMJ) Pain and Occlusion
TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) pain refers to discomfort or pain in the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. Occlusion relates to the alignment and contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are closed, and issues with occlusion can contribute to TMJ pain and discomfort in the head and neck. When the occlusion is in balance with the nerve and muscle activity, we can alleviate pain, muscle tension, clenching, bruxism, headaches, migraines while enhancing a person’s ability to chew and digest food efficiently.
At Reclaim Integrative Dentistry, we incorporate the philosophies of neuromuscular dentistry, which searches for and treats the appropriate and ideal alignment of muscles, bones and teeth.
- Reduced Pain: Reduced or eliminated headaches, migraines, chronic jaw, head, and neck pain, leading to improved overall comfort.
- Enhanced Function: Enhanced jaw function and reduced difficulty in activities like chewing and speaking.
- Improved Sleep Quality: By addressing issues like teeth grinding (bruxism) often linked to TMJ disorders, patients also can experience more restful sleep.
- Mitigate Future Health Problems: Avoidance of long-term complications like joint damage that may arise from untreated TMJ issues.
- Improved Overall Health: Enhanced quality of life, oral health, reduced stress, and increased self-confidence due to reduced pain and improved appearance.