Neuromuscular Dentistry and TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) /Temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

The temporomandibular joint is a complicated joint formed where the lower jaw bone attaches to the head. TMD refers to general class of disorder affecting the bones and muscles of this region. Symptoms range from tenderness and swelling to headaches and neck and back aches. Generally, a clicking or popping sound when the jaw is opened or closed is evidence or some form of the disorder. Bruxism is just a symptom of TMD,and it is defined as;
“to grind the teeth, a clenching of the teeth, associated with forceful jaw movements, resulting in rubbing, gritting, or grinding together of the teeth, usually during sleep.”

Symptoms of bruxism include:
-Wearing of teeth.
-Breaking of teeth. 
-Sensitive teeth.
-Receding gums and/or teeth with "notches" at the gum line called abfraction,
which is a pathologic loss of tooth enamel and dentin caused by biomechanical loading of forces.
-Loose teeth
-Periodontal pockets
-Bony ridges (tori)
-Cheek irritation
-Sore muscles
-TMJ problems

Call Torrey Hills Family Dentistry for a TMJ analysis and find out what treatment is best
for you.