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TMJ, Neuromuscular Dentistry

Healthy Muscles Work Together in Harmony and are able to Rest more Comfortably!

These options are available to help you achieve your whitest, most beautiful smile:

Do you experience:

  • Frequent Headaches
  • Neck, Shoulder, Back Pain
  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Teeth Clenching or Grinding
  • Numbness in arms and fingers
  • Pain or clicking and popping in joints
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Facial pain
  • Ringing or Congestion in the ears

If you have these symptoms, your teeth, jaws and muscles may be in conflict and you may be a good candidate for Neuromuscular Dentistry.

What Can Neuromuscular Dentistry Do For You?

Every person has a unique jaw and muscle physiology. A neuromuscular dentist will find your true neuromuscular rest position. This is the position where muscles are relaxed and function most efficiently. Since most pain comes from injured or unhealthy muscles, muscle function normalization greatly reduces painful symptoms.

What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry is the science of using the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw in the optimal physiologic position for comfort and function. It is also used to find the optimal jaw position before restorative dentistry, which greatly increases the longevity of the restorations.

How Does Neuromuscular Dentistry Differ From Traditional Dentistry?

Traditional dentistry looks only at the teeth and jaws, whereas neuromuscular dentistry considers the muscles that control the jaws, the nerves that control the muscles, and how this relates to the overall body.

Identifying the Rest Position:

Dr. amruta will use an electrical impulse device to relax the muscles of your head and neck. This process not only relaxes the muscles, but also increases blood flow and flushes out toxins. After about 45 minutes of stimulation, your muscles will be in the ideal relaxed position. This information is then recorded and used to fabricate an orthotic that will allow your jaw to close to this ideal position. An orthotic is a clear appliance that sets in the mouth, over the teeth to even out your bite. With your bite stabilized in the optimal position, muscle activity diminishes which allows for muscle healing and painful symptoms to be alleviated.

How long does it take?

After you have worn your orthotic and become pain free, you have options for how to proceed. You will make a decision to wear the orthotic indefinitely, have orthodontics done to move your teeth to this ideal position, or have one or two arches of teeth restored to adjust your bite to this position.

Finding a Neuromuscular Specialist

Not all dentists practice neuromuscular dentistry. Therefore, it is important to look for an experienced TMJ dentist who is highly trained in the science of diagnosing and treating specific neuromuscular problems. An LVI-trained dentist has the education, experience and skills to treat your neuromuscular symptoms.

Symptoms of Neuromuscular conflict:

  • Frequent Headaches?
  • Neck, Shoulder, Back Pain?
  • Unexplained loose teeth?
  • Teeth Clenching or Grinding?
  • Numbness in arms and fingers?
  • Pain or clicking and popping in joints?
  • Pain behind the eyes?
  • Facial pain?
  • Ringing or Congestion in the ears?
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)?

TMJ & Migraine Therapy

Put an End to the Pain.

TMJ stands for the Temporomandibular Joint. It is the joint that attaches your lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull. The TMJ serves as a hinge for the jaw and moves together every time you use your mouth. Any disruption or damage to these joints could lead to a medical and dental problem known as TMJ Dysfunction.

What is TMJ?

It is estimated that 10 million people suffer from TMJ Dysfunction. This is a condition in which the temporomandibular joint does not function properly. We use this joint more frequently than most of the other joints in our bodies. Everytime we chew, bite down, or swallow we put the TMJ to work.

What Causes TMJ?

TMJ Dysfunction can have a variety of causes and is believed to result when the chewing muscles and jaw joints do not work together correctly. The most common causes of TMJ are stress, improper bite and overuse of the joint.


If your TMJ is mild and is detected early, the first treatments Dr. amruta may recommend are lifestyle and dietary changes.

To Reduce the Amount of Wear and Injury to the Joint:

  • Chew food evenly on both sides of the mouth
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Eat soft foods- avoid hard, crunchy or sticky foods
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Practice good posture – hold your head up with your neck and shoulders in good alignment.

To Promote the Healing Process:

  • Apply warm, moist heat to both joints for 30 minutes.
  • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine such as Advil twice a day as recommended to reduce the inflammation.
  • If the problem is that your teeth are not aligned properlyor if grinding teeth at night is the problem, Dr. amruta may refer you to an orthodontist to correct the problem. The orthodontist may give you a special bite plate(splint) to wear when you sleep.
  • Surgery is the last option, and is rarely performed. It is only done in extremely painful cases or when there is severe damage to the joints.

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction:

  • Tenderness in the jaw muscles
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dull aching pain in the face, sinuses, ears, eyes, teeth, neck muscles and shoulders
  • Clicking, popping or grinding in the jaw joints
  • “Locking” episodes or an inability to open or close mouth freely
  • Difficulty in chewing and swallowing

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