Dr. Bothma has done extensive training in neuromuscular dentistry and treatment of TMJ. TMJ Disorder (TMJ or TMD) or “Jaw Ache” as it is commonly referred to, is a problem involving the Temporomandibular joint and the muscles used in chewing. Sometimes this joint and the surrounding muscles can become irritated and inflamed. Though the causes of TMJ (stress, tooth grinding, missing teeth or a misaligned bite) can vary, TMJ issues can cause multiple other problems such as migraines, neck and shoulder tension, and even upper back pain.
When we close our mouth, that’s known as our bite, and the dental term is occlusion. It can be well-aligned or misaligned. When it’s misaligned, stress builds up in the jaw muscles, eventually pressuring the nerves and causing pain.
Once a neutral and relaxed jaw position has been determined, we will determine the best ways to make it permanent. That could include a number of TMJ treatments and strategies:
In general, treatment is at first conservative. If simpler neuromuscular dentistry strategies don’t work, more vigorous options can be used.
We offer a wide range of procedures to help you get the perfect smile.
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