Dental Partners of Vero Beach Treats TMD With Neuromuscular Dentistry

Dental Partners of Vero Beach provides treatment for TMJ and TMD relief in Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-569-4118 to learn more and schedule your appointment.

What Is TMD?

Our teeth, joints, muscles, and nerves all work together in the proper alignment and function of our jaw. When any part of this delicate equation is not functioning properly, TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and other serious dental problems can develop.

The Inclusive Approach Of Neuromuscular Dentistry Helps Treat TMD

Neuromuscular dentistry differs from traditional dentistry in that it includes focused consideration of the muscles and nerves in and around the jaw—and the correct positioning of the jaw—as part of overall oral health. This inclusive approach can help treat TMD as well as provide more comfortable and longer-lasting solutions to related dental treatments, such as dentures and smile makeovers.

Hard and soft tissues have a complex relationship. We work to make that relationship harmonious. If your jaw is misaligned, many physiological problems can result, including:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joints

We Care About Your Overall Oral Health

TMD affects millions of people. Our dentists have received special training from the Dawson Academy to address TMD problems using the inclusive approach to neuromuscular dentistry. This treatment utilizes modern technology to precisely determine the proper positioning of the jaw and place the jaw into its optimal position, which can help relieve the symptoms associated with TMD.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMD

What is the difference between TMD and TMJ?

TMD is often referred to as TMJ, but this is a bit of a misnomer. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the hinge-like joint on either side of the face that connects the jaw to the skull. TMJ disorder, or TMD, is what occurs when the TMJ causes pain.

Does TMD go away?

Many patients have TMD that comes and goes, either as a result of a temporary injury or because their bodies react to stress by clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth, which causes TMJ pain. If your TMD lasts more than a few weeks, it’s important to seek treatment. Chronic TMD can have long-term consequences like worn down teeth, difficulty eating, and pain that impacts your overall quality of life.

How do you relieve TMD?

Self-care for TMD includes cold and warm compresses (warm can relax muscles, while cold can calm inflammation, so try both and see which feels better), over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications, massage, and a soft food diet. If these don’t work, you may need a stabilization splint (also known as a mouth guard) to help position your jaw in a way that relieves your pain and prevents teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Why does my jaw hurt by my ear?

The TMJ is located close to the ear, so TMJ disorder often produces symptoms in the ears as well as the jaw, face, and mouth. You may have a feeling of fullness, an earache, or even dizziness with TMD.

Should I see a dentist or doctor for TMJ?

If you’re experiencing TMJ pain, it’s a good idea to see your dentist for treatment. Dentists receive advanced treating in the anatomy and function of the jaw, so we have special insight into the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. We also take a more conservative approach to treatment, focusing on repositioning the jaw and relaxing facial muscles before turning to invasive surgical procedures.

Does TMJ show up on an x-ray?

Sometimes we can see that the TMJ is dysfunctional in an x-ray, but not always. An x-ray is only part of the diagnosis of TMJ disorder. We’ll also look for swelling and tenderness around the joint, examine your teeth for certain patterns of wear, and talk to you about your symptoms. We also utilize doppler devices as well as CBCT imaging to best assess the health of your TMJ. 

 

Call (772) 569-4118 to schedule your appointment.