Green Bay Neuromuscular Dentistry and TMJ Disorder
Neuromuscular Dentistry at Green Bay Dental
Dr. Quandt approaches dentistry from the foundation upward. He has advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry, which involves the entire oral system. By addressing teeth, gums, jaw joint alignment, occlusion, along with associated muscles, nerves and tissues, Dr. Quandt practices whole-mouth dentistry. All of your restorations and prosthetics will be created according to the well-being and optimal function of your entire oral system.
The Impact of TMJ Disorder on the Body
Do you have TMJ disorder? Many people in Green Bay, Wisconsin and the surrounding area suffer from a number of symptoms that are related to the alignment of their jaw. TMJ is short for temporomandibular joints. These are the two small joints that connect the jawbone to the skull and are located just below the ears. If the TMJ joints are misaligned, patients can experience one or more of the nagging, sometimes debilitating, symptoms listed below. At Dental Designs by Quandt, Dr. Scott Quandt is highly skilled in neuromuscular dentistry and can help you identify and effectively treat TMJ disorder.
- Migraines or chronic headaches
- Chronic earaches
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Inability to fully open and/or close the mouth
- Pain in the head, neck, shoulders, or lower back
- Facial or jaw pain
- Teeth grinding and tooth wear
- Tingling fingers
Surprising Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
Many people are aware that TMJ disorder can cause jaw clicking and jaw pain as well as limit how wide you can open your mouth. You might also be surprised to find out that other pain and symptoms could also be linked to TMJ disorder, including headaches, ear pain and/or tinnitus (ringing in your ears), vertigo, back pain, and other problems. Misalignment of the jaw can even worsen sleep apnea.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder can come and go. Many notice that they are more pronounced during times of stress because we tend to clench our teeth when under pressure or when dealing with anxiety. Dr. Quandt and his team can help you with a variety of treatment options for TMJ disorder.
Treating TMJ Disorder
TMJ treatment options are available from Green Bay Dental. Dr. Quandt works with patients closely to determine whether or not neuromuscular problems are to blame for their symptoms and then reviews various options that could make a significant difference.
To correct TMJ disorder, Dr. Quandt relies on neuromuscular dentistry. If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, Dr. Quandt will assess your TMJ alignment. He may use a TENS unit made by Myotronics to stimulate and relax jaw muscles, which allows the jaw to rest in the natural and optimal position. With his K7, Dr. Quandt can record the jaw's proper position. Then, he will create a custom oral appliance to realign the jaw joints.
Our office utilizes the TENS unit's technology to help you achieve optimum alignment and can create customized devices specifically made to suit your needs. We also offer smile makeover or dentistry options that could improve your bite. In addition, we may recommend specific exercises that can be performed at home to treat TMJ disorder as well.
Why Work with Dental Designs by Quandt?
At our Green Bay Dental office, we offer a variety of family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and neuromuscular dentistry treatment options to suit your needs. We consider your overall health when making oral health recommendations. We would be happy to offer a TMJ consultation to help you overcome TMJ symptoms.