Neck pain, frequent headaches, jaw and tooth tenderness, popping and clicking of the jaw, and lock jaw are common problems associated with TMJ disorder, or TMD. For many patients, these symptoms greatly affect their quality of life. Many dentists manage TMD with an oral appliance or mouth guard, but this may not always alleviate the root of the problem. Dr. James Block, your dentist in Fremont, has more permanent solutions for patients with the use of neuromuscular dentistry.
You will notice right away that Dr. Block is very thorough in his examination and consultation when it comes to diagnosing patients with TMD. This is to determine the root cause of your disorder as it is unique for each patient. You will receive an examination, evaluation of your bite alignment, and CT scans of your joints. This will give Dr. Block all the pertinent information he needs to know in order to properly diagnose the root cause your TMD.
Neuromuscular dentistry takes into consideration how craniofacial muscles, bones, joints, and other connective tissues work together when they are in ideal in ideal alignment. When Dr. Block can restore optimal alignment, pain is alleviated and TMD is no longer an issue for patients.
Treating TMD with Neuromuscular Dentistry
Dr. Block will begin by using a type of physical therapy for your jaw muscles that will help him determine optimal bite positioning when your muscles are completely relaxed. This allows him to create an orthotic appliance that can be worn in order to help muscles relax and alleviate TMD pain. The patient’s response to orthotic treatment helps Dr. Block determine what the next steps of treatment will be.
Patients needing a more permanent solution may benefit from orthodontic treatment or porcelain restorations as a final solution after orthotic therapy. Dr. Block will discuss your options with you and guide you through the process every step of the way.
If you are ready to find permanent solutions for your TMD pain, we encourage you to give James Block Dentistry a call today.
About James Block Dentistry
Dr. James Block has been caring for patients in Fremont, CA for nearly 30 years. He offers a wide array of advanced services such as neuromuscular dentistry that patients won’t find at most dental practices. Patients also enjoy the comfortable and welcoming environment they find at James Block Dentistry.
If you would like to contact Dr. Block, he can be reached by calling 510-793-0801 or through his website.
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