Causes and Effects of TMJ
If you visited a dentist other than Dr. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville, you might not have a complete understanding of what TMD is and how it affects your jaw. To help you understand TMD better, it’s best to start with Dr. White’s neuromuscular approach. As part of the TMD diagnosis process, Dr. White relies on neuromuscular diagnostics.
Neuromuscular dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on the connection between teeth, muscles, nerves, and joints and how they work together to function properly. When one of those aspects has a dysfunction, it can throw off the function of everything. Neuromuscular dentistry examines the dynamic physician relation between posturing or range of motion in the joints of the head, neck, and body. The imbalance and dysfunction are what cause TMJ disorders.
During your evaluation, Dr. White will complete an in-depth exam to determine the source of the pain and dysfunction. His evaluation might look at: