A majority of pain originates from stress and tension in muscles, which are caused by their relationship to the body’s bone structure. Neuromuscular Dentists work to resolve dysfunction and its symptoms and correct misalignment. When the tooth, facial muscles and temporomandibular (jaw) joint are out of alignment, the painful symptoms of “TMJ” or “TMD” often arise. TMJ means temporomandibular joint – the jaw joint. A better term for this discomfort/pain is TMD- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction or syndrome.
As a neuromuscular physiologic dentist, Dr. Massa examines the muscles of the bite and the joint, not just the teeth and gums. Proper diagnosis and treatment is performed to reduce the stress on these muscles and within the TMJ joint capsule itself. The goal is to restore balance and harmony to all areas of the jaw and resolve pain.
Although many people are unaware of TMJ/TMD, it is estimated to be the third largest health problem in the US today. If left untreated, it can lead to many other serious health issues. The consistently strained jaw muscles can make it difficult to chew, swallow, speak, and even make certain facial expressions. In addition, TMJ/TMD can lead to severe migraine headaches, back and neck pain, anxiety, insomnia/sleep apnea, lockjaw, tinnitus, and vertigo.
If you are in the Naples, FL area and suffering from the symptoms of TMJ, you should contact The Massa Dental Center today. Using their advanced neuromuscular dentistry training and state-of-the-art equipment, they can diagnose your condition and get you on the road to recovery.
Find out more about neuromuscular dentistry in Naples and Ft. Myers, Florida. Contact the neuromuscular professionals at The Massa Dental Center today for a TMJ/TMD evaluation.
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