Questions about Neuromuscular Dentistry and TMJ/TMD


Although temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD) is a common condition that affects millions of men and women, it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed by those without special training in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.

The Pittsburgh neuromuscular dentists at Dentonics are proud to offer Pittsburgh-area residents state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment options for TMJ/TMD. Following are the answers to some commonly asked questions about neuromuscular dentistry and TMJ/TMD.

What causes TMJ/TMD?

The source of most TMJ/TMD symptoms is undue stress placed on the sensitive network of joints, nerves, muscles, tendons and bones in the connective region between your jaw and skull. This stress may be caused by:

  • A bite condition
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Joint damage
  • Muscle damage or fatigue

What are the most common symptoms of TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD typically causes multiple symptoms which may include:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing and swallowing
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Jaw sticking or locking
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Pain in the back, face, neck and shoulders

How can a neuromuscular dentist alleviate the pain associated with TMJ/TMD?

Neuromuscular dentists like Dr. Joe and Dr. Charles Frye have extensive training in the complex relationship of the nerves, joints, tendons, muscles and bones centered in the tiny area where your jaw and skull connect. Applying this knowledge and using advanced technology including computerized jaw movement tracking and sonography, we can determine the source of your discomfort and devise a custom treatment plan to correct the problem and relieve your pain.

How is TMJ/TMD treated?

There are a number of TMJ/TMD treatment options available including transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation (TENS) and oral appliances. The best solution for you will depend on the specifics of your condition.

If you live in the Pittsburgh or Allison Park, Pennsylvania, areas and would like to learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for TMJ/TMD, please contact Dentonics to schedule your consultation with neuromuscular dentists Dr. Joe or Dr. Charles Frye. We would love to meet you and welcome you to our extended family.

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