What Causes TMD/TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a common condition that is often misdiagnosed by general doctors. TMD/TMJ occurs when your temporomandibular joint – the connective joint between your jaw and your skull – is out of alignment. This can lead to chronic headaches, jaw pain, earaches, teeth grinding, and other painful symptoms.

Your temporomandibular joint is surrounded by a complex network of tendons, muscles, nerves, and bones. One of these nerves, called the trigeminal nerve, governs your ability to chew, bite, and swallow. If your bite is misaligned, it can place stress on the trigeminal nerve, leading to the trademark symptoms of TMD.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry that is dedicated to diagnosing and treating TMD in patients. Our experienced Pittsburgh neuromuscular dentists at Dentonics, Inc. also use the principles of neuromuscular dentistry whenever we create dental restorations. Our goal is to ensure your bite is always in harmony with the natural resting position of your jaw.

If you have further questions about TMD or neuromuscular dentistry, please contact Dentonics, Inc. today to schedule an initial consultation.

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