Temporomandibular joint disease (TMJ) is a chronic, degenerative disease affecting up to 75 million adults. People who suffer from TMJ have a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship caused by a bite that is out of alignment. This misalignment is known as malocclusion.
The symptoms of TMJ include the following:
The good news is that advances in the science of neuromuscular dentistry have taught us how to bring the jaw into a relaxed position. For example, we may recommend the use of dental restorations to precisely raise or lower areas of your bite, creating a naturally comfortable position for your jaw. In most cases, we can reposition your jaw without surgery or braces and complete the treatment in just a few weeks.
We’ve found that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in the facial appearance after treatment. Patients who had recessed lower jaws may have a new profile including a stronger jaw line and chin. Areas of the jaw that may have protruded will be pulled back into alignment. And all of the restorations necessary to correct your bite will be guided by the expert aesthetic judgment of Dr. Nicholson. You can read more about TMJ Disorder by visiting our Dental Articles section.