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Neuromuscular and TMJ

The Austin TMJ Dentist

TMJ stands for temporo-mandibular joint syndrome. Neuromuscular dentists work with the facial muscles, jaws, as well as the teeth. Like TMJ dentist, Dr. Tejas Patel of the Center of Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lakeway near Austin, Texas, they are trained to understand the optimal position of the jaw and how to realign it in order to relieve the symptoms associated with TMJ.

TMJ is a misalignment of the Temporomandibular Joints, also known as the jaw joints. You have two TMJs – one in front of each ear. When these joints go out of alignment a number of symptoms, collectively known as TMJ syndrome, can occur.

TMJ can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms may be due to a variety of causes. That’s why you should consult with a neuromuscular TMJ dentist, like Dr. Tejas Patel at Austin Cosmetic Austin, Texas, who has had extensive training in the nature and functioning of the muscles and bones of the face and jaw, as well as the teeth.

During a comprehensive examination, the Austin TMJ Dentist will be able to determine if you are suffering symptoms due to TMJ and if so, he’ll implement a course of treatment for you.

TMJ symptoms

TMJ is a collection of symptoms that result from the malocclusion or misalignment of your jaws. There are some large nerves in the area of the temple, where the upper and lower jawbones join. When the lower jaw meets incorrectly with the upper jaw, the muscles attached to them become strained, and the nerves become irritated, which may result in:

  • Pain throughout the face
  • Headaches . Sore teeth
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms
  • Popping in the jaw
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders

If you or someone in your family has had any of the symptoms of TMJ for a significant length of time, you should schedule an evaluation with a TMJ dentist trained in neuromuscular dentistry like Austin TMJ dentist, Dr. Patel.

TMJ testing

Austin TMJ dentist, Dr. Patel will use special instruments to observe your jaw in its resting position. He’ll determine how it moves and if there is any misalignment of your bite.

A process known as electromyography measures the jaw’s muscle function and also determines if there is any structural imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship.

If you or anyone in your family has had any TMJ symptoms for a while, consult an Austin neuromuscular dentist. There’s no need to suffer this pain because treatment is available which is effective and long-lasting.

If you’re interested in the world-class TMJ / TMD dentistry performed in Dr. Patel’s office, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Patel, through our treatment coordinator.

TMJ treatment

Dr. Tejas Patel will take your complete dental history and then conduct a thorough exam to determine if you have TMJ symptoms. The Austin TMJ dentist will then devise a treatment plan of therapies to relieve stress on the joints, alleviate muscle spasms and reposition the jaw.

  • Treatment may include:
  • Physical therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • An appliance to be worn in the mouth to help realign the jaw

Once the pain has been alleviated, TMJ dentist in Austin, Dr. Patel will come up with treatment options designed to permanently stabilize the jaw in the correct position.

This may involve a combination of therapies including:

  • Coronoplasty (reshaping of the tooth enamel)
  • Orthodontics
  • Crowns or bridges
  • An appliance to be worn in the mouth to help realign the jaw

If you’re interested in the world-class neuromuscular (TMJ) dentistry performed in TMJ dentist, Dr. Patel’s Austin dental office, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Patel, through our treatment coordinator.

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