While some patients have very specific joint problems usually from trauma the vast majority of patients have primarily pain coming from the muscles. This pain is termed Myofascial Pain or MPD. The muscle pain is a direct result of chronic overuse of muscles and is a repetitive strain injury similar to tennis elbow or carpal tunnel.
The teeth and the jaw joints combined act like a stool with three legs. If the legs are all the same length the the stool is solid and doesn't rock. Patients with TMJ disorders are more like a stool where each leg is a different length. This is a very unstable position. The muscles are the used by the body to stabilize an unstable position and/or bite. Problems develop when the muscles can no longer adapt to correct the underlying pathology and become painful and frequently develop taut bands and trigger points.
Neuromuscular Dentistry treats TMJ disorders by creating a balance between the joints, the bite and the muscles. Sleep and Health Journal has an excellent article (http://www.sleepandhealth.com/
Chicago dentist Dr Ira Shapira has recently created a new website (http://www.ihateheadaches.org) dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and related headaches. Migraines, Chronic Daily Headaches and Episodic Tension-Type Headaches are frequently related to TMJ disorders and can be treated with neuromuscular dentistry. Additional information on Neuromuscular dentistry is available at http://www.delanydentalcare.com/
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