Dr. Walker has the advanced neuromuscular training to effectively diagnose and treat TMJ disorder in Chandler. TMJ disorder is a chronic degenerative disease that may take years to develop. People who suffer from TMJ disorder have an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship, caused by a bad bite (known as malocclusion). The TMJ is the joint that attaches the jaw to the skull, and when not properly aligned may cause an onset of symptoms, including:
- Migraine headaches
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain when eating or talking
- Stiff jaw
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Muscle pain in the face, neck or shoulders
- Ringing in the ears
- Tingling in the hands
Chandler patients experiencing the debilitating effects of TMJ disorder have often sought the help of physicians, physical therapists, and even neurologists without realizing their dentist may be their best course of resolution. Utilizing his expertise and specialized equipment, Dr. Walker can resolve TMJ discomforts.
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What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentists endure specialized training beyond traditional dental education. A neuromuscular dentist has a deep understanding of the hard tissues, soft tissues, muscles and nerves of the mouth and jaw. They understand that these areas have a complex relationship. Neuromuscular dentistry is focused on bringing balance to that relationship by determining the proper resting position of the jaw. It is the science of using the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw in its ideal physiologic position for optimal comfort and function.
At Robert F. Walker Jr. DDS, we treat TMJ disorder using state-of-the-art TENS therapy and EMG and jaw tracking technology. This advanced equipment allows him to track the position of the jaw and surrounding muscles to determine their best position through your bite. The information gathered from the TENS and EMG jaw tracking units help him determine the best treatment plan for your relief.
Treatment of TMJ may include adjusting the bite through orthotics, orthodontics, or restoring the teeth to their correct positions. Typically, treatment can be accomplished through a comfortable orthotic therapy. Dr. Walker stays on top of your progress with re-evaluation using the TENS unit. Orthodontics or restorative treatment options may be recommended in order to eliminate the orthotic permanently.
Seeing patients who have suffered ages of discomfort due to TMJ disorder and helping them find permanent relief, is truly satisfying to our practice. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, Dr. Walker is qualified at diagnosing and treating disorders of the TMJ in Chandler. Contact our office to schedule your evaluation, and find the permanent relief you deserve. For more information on TMJ, click here: www.leadingdentist.com