TMJ and Neuromuscular Dentistry
Dr van Hofwegen has received advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry at Occlusion Connections.
Neuromuscular dentists are specially trained to recognize signs of TMJ dysfunction, a disorder that is commonly passed by or misdiagnosed, and to provide the most appropriate care for the individual patient.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
To put it simply, neuromuscular dentistry places the jaw into its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction. Neuromuscular dentists understand that hard and soft tissues have a complex relationship and work together to make that relationship a harmonious one. Neuromuscular dentists understand the necessity for including the power source (muscles) and the controls (nerves) which create the movement, pressures and function of the mouth.
TMJ / TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a term used to describe a group of symptoms including headaches; facial pain; jaw pain; sore, chipped, broken, or worn teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw, and limited jaw movement. In many cases people suffering from TMJ / TMD report chronic pain in the jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulders, or back, or any combination of these areas. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infections and restricted airway are other problems associated with TMJ / TMD. This group of symptoms is also referred to as MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction) and craniomandibular dysfunction.
If you think you suffer from TMJ dysfunction, set up a consultation with Dr. van Hofwegen to determine the best treatment for your individual case. There is no reason to live with chronic pain and headaches!