TMJ-TMD Specialist in Dallas Texas
Every day people suffer through chronic pain caused by dysfunction in the human body. Sometimes, we're so focused on treating the pain itself that we don’t address the root cause - the dysfunction. Research has shown that the form and function of your bite and jaw can have an enormous effect on your body’s function as a whole.
Neuromuscular dentistry refers to a dental approach that focuses more on the muscles and nerves of the face and jaw instead of on your teeth. By paying close attention to the way your muscles and nerves affect your jaw function, Dr. Gary Alhadef can help alleviate the many painful effects of having a misaligned jaw. Neuromuscular dentistry strives to place the jaw in its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). When the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is not properly aligned, a number of symptoms may appear, including:
- Jaw pain
- Facial pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Clicking or popping sound in the jaw
- Tight jaw muscles
- Ringing or stuffiness in the ears
If you have some combination of these ( TMJ - TMD ) symptoms and have found no relief at your doctor's office, you may be suffering from TMD or TMJ. Millions of Americans - as many as 25% to 30% - suffer from this debilitating condition, and many don't even realize it.
Do you experience pain in your head, shoulders, or neck area? If so, there’s a chance this pain could be related to the muscles in your jaw. You may suffer from headaches, a popping jaw when you open or close your mouth, and pain in your jaw joints and muscles. The problem may be a result of trauma, of complications with your bite, of grinding or clenching your teeth, or of a combination of these factors. While many people have suffered with this condition, the good news is that Dr. Alhadef can help.