Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD is a neuromuscular condition, characterized by pain or discomfort in your jaw muscles and mouth alignment. TMD is the result of an improperly aligned jaw and bite, which means your jaw muscles can never fully relax. The result is muscle tension, pain, and other symptoms such as clicking and popping in your jaw joint. A misaligned bite, called a malocclusion, is caused when your jawbone and skull do not properly align. This unbalanced bite creates a continual strain on your muscles that are constantly trying to achieve a functional bite.
TMD Treatment Options
Long-term treatment options for TMD vary from patient to patient. Some of the more common treatment options to alleviate your painful TMD symptoms may include: This reshaping of your tooth enamel can help or fully correct a misaligned bad bite.
- Coronoplasty – This reshaping of your tooth enamel can help or fully correct a misaligned bad bite.
- Restructuring – By raising your teeth with dental crowns, your bite can be realigned and your jaw can be better supported.
- Orthodontics – Moving your teeth by their roots through orthodontics or invisible braces can put your teeth into their correct position and fix a misaligned jaw.
If you live in the Columbia, Missouri area and would like to know more about Neuromuscular treatments, please contact our team today to schedule a consultation with Doctors Jon and Valle Rischer.
State required disclaimer: Cosmetic dentistry and tooth whitening are specialty areas not recognized by the ADA and require no specific educational training to advertise these services. Dr. Jon Rischer and Dr. Valle Rischer are General Dentists.Notice: Dentists in this practice are not licensed in Missouri as specialists in the advertised dental specialty of prosthdontics or orthodontics.