Drs. David Hiebert and Keri Smith of Saint Helens, OR are neuromuscular dentists who provide a wide range of services to new and current patients. Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialized field of dental work that focuses on common conditions such as TMJ or TMD. TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint that hinges the mouth so it can open and close properly. It aids in chewing, biting, and speaking. Some patients experience problems with this joint that can result in the diagnosis of a condition known as TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. This is the malfunction of the joint that can cause a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Locking jaw in the open or closed position
- Clicking and popping of the jaw joint while eating
- Chronic headaches and migraines caused from neuromuscular tension
- Discomfort from the ears down through the shoulders
- Tension in the muscles around the temporomandibular joint
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on relieving the symptoms associated with the temporomandibular joint. This may bd one in many different ways. If a patient has been diagnosed with TMJ/TMD malfunctions, they may want to ask their dentist about the use of a splint or oral appliance. This appliance can reduce tension in the joint and relieve the soft tissues and muscles surrounding it. Patients with TMJ/TMD might also want to speak to the dentists of Hiebert Smith Dental Group about undergoing orthodontic treatment to realign the bite to reduce symptoms as well. It is important that patients get a proper assessment from a dentist and receive the right diagnosis before continuing on with certain treatments with the dental team. Proper treatment can reduce common problems associated with TMJ/TMD and assist patients in improving their quality of life each and every day!
Ready to learn more about TMJ/TMD?
Contact Hiebert Smith Dental Group of Saint Helens, OR today to discuss this and other neuromuscular dentistry concerns. Drs. David Hiebert and Keri Smith work directly with patients to help them address problems related to these issues and find solutions that work for their needs. Our professionals are located at 1550 Saint Helens Street and can be reached by phone at (503) 397-6144.