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
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.
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.