What is “TMJ” or “TMD”?
“TMJ”, although it has become almost a household word, it is a non-specific, catch-all term for a variety of pain/dysfunction conditions of the head and neck. It was originally derived from “Temporomandibular Joint”, your jaw joints – once thought to be the source of most of these ailments.
Today we know that there are many causes of head and neck problems that may or may not be related to the temporomandibular joint. For this reason, although not as widely familiar, most dentists use “TMD” (for Temporomandibular Dysfunction) to more accurately describe the condition.
Dr. Patel has advanced training in the treatment of TMJ/TMD and is one of two dentists in New Hampshire who specializes in the use of sophisticated computerized instrumentation to diagnose and treat this disorder. She has lectured to various medical organizations on the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ/TMD and has several articles published regarding the revolutionary treatment that she provides.
Some common signs and symptoms include painful clicking or popping of the jaw, various types of head and neck pain, swallowing problems, postural problems, excessive snoring, sleep apnea, ringing in the ears,dizziness, nervousness or insomnia, clenching or grinding, and sensitive teeth, to mention a few. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms you need to call our office today!
Dr. Patel will consider all of the information gathered by taking your history and doing a physical examination of your teeth, head and neck. When indicated, she may conduct a series of tests using non-invasive electronic instruments. If these tests show that your habitual bite is a probable cause of your condition or pain, she then identifies a jaw position determined by the relaxed state of the muscles. This jaw position and the corresponding new bite is called neuromuscular occlusion.