Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, are complex – yet common – issues that can arise with the joints that connect your jaw to your head and can cause a wide variety of painful and unpleasant symptoms. With gneuromuscular (GNM) dentistry, Dr. Shane Nelson can restore balance to your head and neck muscles, joints, and nerves so you can get TMJ pain relief.

Causes and symptoms of TMJ disorders

A wide variety of issues can lead to the development of TMJ disorders, such as a traumatic injury to your jaw or teeth, grinding and clenching your teeth (bruxism), stress, arthritis, a “bad bite,” or even simple habits like chewing gum, chewing on hard objects, or poor posture. Many patients who are suffering from TMJ pain may not even know it, and might be searching for answers to their symptoms, such as “ringing in the ears.” Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Ear and jaw pain
  • Uneven wear and tear on your teeth
  • Cracked dental restorations
  • Cracked, chipped, or loose teeth
  • Jaw clenching pain
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Sensation of a locked jaw
  • Chronic headaches
  • Clicking or popping when you open your mouth

 GNM treatment

With GNM treatment, you can find rapid relief from your TMJ symptoms so you can get back to doing the things you love. GNM dentistry combines the art and science of placing the jaw into its optimal position through relaxation of the neck and head muscles. By restoring harmony and balance to this area, you can stop suffering from your painful symptoms. In addition, your natural teeth and dental restorations will be protected from unnecessary wear and tear due to better alignment and positioning.

Dr. Shane Nelson uses K7 computer analysis, sonography, and the low-frequency Transcutaneous Electoneural Stimulation  (TENS) to bring balance back to your muscles and joints. By measuring the electrical activity in your muscles and evaluating whether there are any degenerative disc or joint issues at play, we can determine your jaw’s optimal position and restore a healthy bite.

Say goodbye to jaw issues. Regain your oral health and facial balance with our solutions.

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Jaw problems can cause issues such as TMJ/TMD, sleep disorders, and other serious concerns like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. With a temporary appliance worn over the teeth, the jaw can be returned to its normal position and given a more pleasing appearance with braces. For more information, contact Dr. Shane Nelson at (913) 297-7800 or shanenelsondds.com.

There are many factors that create an attractive face. Eye colour and facial traits are genetically determined. However, there are environmental stresses that can change the shape of the face limiting genetic beauty potential. The pleasing faces both proportional and symmetrical formation of the arch and job position are together very important factors there. They are the foundational scaffolding that supports the over laying muscles and tissue that create what we identify as beauty. It’s common to have distortion occurs a result of mouth breathing, allergies, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, and deviated septum’s create problems. Chronic mouth breathing causes the tongue to drop down to the floor of the mouth. The arch formation narrows and the teeth become crooked and crowded. The upper teeth tilt back, the lower jaw moves back or reseeds compressing the jaw joints. These changes not only cause facial deformities but also migraines, headaches, neck pain.

TMD and other sleep breathing disorders. In women, especially symptoms of facial, neck and joint pain and stuffiness, or ringing in the ears result because the muscles are strained, fatigued, an overworked overtime. These supporting muscles develop painful muscle spasms. As the muscles contract or shorten from spasm they also changed the underlying skeletal structure, leading to an unattractive and or painful change throughout. Forward head posture like a turtle head changes to the spine, uneven hips, legs and feet can become painful and compromise overall function in health and arrow art form can force the tongue back into the throat and block the airway, causing snoring, sleep apnea and other breathing disorders. This affects both children and adults and has severe health consequences and complications. This includes high blood pressure, stroke, insomnia, heartburn, acid reflux, daytime sleepiness and fatigue along with diabetes, ADD, ADHA and bedwetting. The goal is to return the jaw to its normal, healthy decompressed. With proper treatment, muscle spasms, relax disappear, allowing the muscles to return to their natural ideal length. As a result, the job returns to a more pleasing position, both physiologically and aesthetically. The treatment for these problems is to create a temporary appliance that’s worn over the bottom teeth, usually for a period of about three or more months, allowing the jaw to slide forward. The joints decompress as fatigued muscles relax. If the appliance is not worn, the jaw moves back again and the cycle of pain returns with facial compromise of the receding of the job position. The treatment choices vary according to the age, pain patterns and level of complexity of the patient’s needs. Typical treatment for an adult with pain patterns would involve the use of an orthotic. If the teeth are in need of structural support the bike can be reconstructed in Portland, the natural beautiful ceramic protects the tooth like a cusp protects a broken bone. For younger patients, or those who are blessed with healthy and naturally beautiful teeth, the treatment would follow a more orthopaedic in orthodontic plan. For younger patients or those with healthy tooth structure the solution is to gently increase the narrow arch with an expandable appliance that gently applies direction attention to all sides of the arch for about three or four months. By widening the arch, more space is created to accommodate room needed to straighten the teeth. Additionally, it creates the necessary freedom for the tongue to reposition to a more healthy location that does not block the airway. Bonding material is applied to the molars and the backside of the front teeth holding this desired new position of the jaw without fear of relapse. Braces can now move the teeth into their ideal position. The bonded material is removed and the newly created bite will hold the proper aesthetic and proper skeletal position in place.

Not only has a wonderful harmonious relationship between the bite and complementary musculature been created, but also more symmetrical facial proportions and better air flow to help correct the breathing disorders as well. This is all accomplished with non-invasive techniques. Externally, the tissues have been gently stretched over the new supporting structures, providing a beautiful face lift effect. Ultimately, the patient’s arch form and jaw position have been restored, providing enhanced health and beauty. Thank you for watching. For more information, call doctor Shane Nelson today at (913) 297-7800. Or shanenelsondds.com.

Learn more in a consultation

If you think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, GNM treatment may be the non-surgical  and effective pain relief strategy that will help not only to provide pain relief, but also improve your overall oral health. Call Dr. Shane Nelson in Overland Park, KS at (913) 297-7800 to schedule your personalized consultation today.

Dr. Shane Nelson is a leading dentist in Overland Park
Dr. Shane Nelson is a leading dentist in Overland Park. He opened his private practice in January 2002 and has been serving the community for over two decades. Having pursued several courses in cosmetic, holistic, biomimetic, gneuromuscular, and laser dentistry, he shares his expertise with dentists from all over the world as a clinical instructor. Dr. Nelson is a SMART certified dentist and is one of the six accredited dentists in the entire state of Kansas.

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