Neuromuscular Dentistry in Jacksonville, Florida
Experience greater comfort and function with help from Dr. Jacqueline West.
Do you suffer from jaw pain? When you open and close your mouth, do you hear or feel a click or pop? Discomfort in the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, can range from minor to debilitating — and it needs to be treated to prevent a whole host of adverse side effects. Dr. Jacqueline West is an expert in the treatment of TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. We are happy to provide TMD solutions for patients in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas of Riverside, Avondale, and Ortega.
Diagnosis & Treatment
If you are experiencing the side effects of TMD, like a painful jaw, teeth grinding, or lockjaw, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. West. As an expert in the health of your teeth and oral structures, she is highly qualified in the treatment of jaw pain related to TMD. Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach that focuses on improving the alignment of your jaw to protect the health of your teeth.
Equilibration & Occlusal Adjustment
One popular method of treating the TMJ involves using an equilibration and occlusal adjustment, or improving the way your upper and lower teeth fit together to take stress off of the jaw. This may be achieved by adding to the tooth enamel with a dental crown or carefully removing excess tooth enamel on certain teeth. Dr. West will take X-rays, photographs, and impressions of your teeth to identify the problem and pinpoint the best solution.
An occlusal splint is a special device that can help stop TMJ pain and related teeth grinding. It is custom-made for your dentition from impressions and simulated movement of your jaw. Worn temporarily, it works by guiding your TMJ into the proper position as you open and close your mouth and move it from side to side. An occlusal splint also provides a cushion to protect your tooth enamel from teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
TENS (transcutaneous nerve stimulation) works by sending small electrical currents through the skin to target a certain area — and when applied to the TMJ, it can relieve pain and help to relax the area to prevent the tension that causes discomfort to begin with. For this method, Dr. West will place electrode patches onto the jaw and send quick pulses to the area. Many people find this approach is effective for relieving their TMJ pain.