It’s not uncommon for patients with TMJ to experience years or decades of pain before receiving an accurate diagnosis and finding relief. While orthotic treatments can help many patients, some cases call for a more comprehensive approach. A patient whose TMJ condition requires more than what orthotic treatment can deliver may respond well to full mouth rejuvenation.
Full mouth rejuvenation
As the name suggests, full mouth rejuvenation involves addressing all aspects of the mouth to bring your bite back into alignment. It may include any combination of the following:
The aim of full mouth rejuvenation is to ensure the proper alignment of the bite. This, of course, means ensuring that the jaw is in the right position when you open and close your mouth, but it also means making sure your teeth come together in the right way when you bite down.
What causes TMJ?
TMJ is often caused by an improperly aligned bite. In a healthy mouth, the upper and lower jaw, teeth, and underlying musculature all line up in the right way. However, individuals with TMJ experience varying degrees of misalignment, which places undue strain on the muscles within the neck and jaw. It is this constant tension that causes the painful TMJ symptoms associated with this condition.
How is TMJ treated?
Neuromuscular dentistry is the branch of dentistry concerned with the muscles of the face and neck. Dentists who are trained in neuromuscular techniques have the skills and experience necessary to diagnose and treat TMJ-related disorders.
Many patients respond well to a custom orthotic device. But for those patients with more severe bite alignment issues, full mouth rejuvenation may be necessary to fully alleviate symptoms.
TMJ is a painful condition, but countless patients have found relief through neuromuscular dentistry. To schedule your TMJ full mouth rejuvenation appointment with Nu Smile, contact our Roseville dentists today at (916) 292-5588.