Neuromuscular dentistry is the type of dentistry that focuses on the muscles that move the jaw, and how the jawbone and bite is aligned to function properly. The key to comfort and stability is harmony between the muscles, bones, and teeth with respect to the rest of the body.
When your jaw alignment or bite is not correct and the jaw muscles are not able to relax as they should in their normal position, a pain begins to develop around the temporomandibular joint (where the skull and jawbone connect) and its surrounding muscles. When this happens, it is referred to as Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMD).
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, and insomnia.
If you are in the Austin, Round Rock, or Georgetown, Texas area and suffering from the symptoms of TMJ, you should contact Dr. Holley and Dr. Duncan's office 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!
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