Occlusal and TMJ assessments

Life Dental - occlusal and tmj assessments

Sleep is supposed to be a time of rest and relaxation, but for some people it is restless, accompanied by chronic headaches and neck and shoulder pain.

Your occlusion is the way in which your upper and lower teeth fit together. When teeth are out of alignment, it can affect your entire body, especially your jaw alignment, facial, neck and shoulder muscles.

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the ball and socket joint just in front of your ears, which connects to your jawbone. It is one of the strongest, most flexible and most used joint and muscle systems in your body.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition that can take years to develop resulting in physiological problems including headaches, migraines, jaw pain, neck and shoulder discomfort. This can often be misdiagnosed as a back problem and not jaw misalignment. Neuromuscular dentistry serves to realign your jaw and correct your misaligned bite.

By determining the ideal position of your jaw using computerised measurements, the life dental team are able to assess if your teeth, jaw, head and neck are out of alignment. If a problem is detected, we are then able to reposition your jaw to its correct alignment.

Malocclusion is relatively easy to correct by adjusting your bite with a custom-made bite splint. This is usually worn at night or during times of stress as malocclusion can lead to tooth grinding and clenching.

Patients who undergo treatment for TMD experience many benefits, from  decreased or eliminated pain and discomfort to better overall health, longer-lasting dental restorations and more restful sleep.