A Whole Body Approach to Pain Relief
Problems with the alignment or function of your bite can cause painful symptoms that disrupt your life. If you are suffering with TMJ symptoms in Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Jeff S. Luffey provides neuromuscular dentistry and orthodontics to readjust your jaw and teeth and provide pain relief caused by misalignment.
Dr. Luffey has professional training in the area of TMJ pain relief. When you see Dr. Luffey at our Albuquerque dentist’s office, you will receive personalized treatment of your TMJ disorder. Neuromuscular dentistry seeks the optimal resting placement of your jaw and teeth, correcting any misalignment in your bite. By achieving optimal alignment, you’ll experience relief from TMJ headaches and other painful symptoms.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry is a whole body philosophy. For maximum functioning of your jaw and teeth, your neck back head and spine must be aligned. If you are out of alignment, it could have a negative affect on your health. You may experience wearing or grinding down of your teeth. Head, neck or jaw pain and the inability to open your mouth are common when your jaw is misaligned. Restorations like dental fillings, porcelain crowns and bridgework may not last.
Other symptoms that your jaw is out of alignment include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Decreased range of motion
- Tension headaches
- Neck pain
- Pain behind the eyes
- Tingling in the fingertips
- Metallic taste
- Stuffiness in the ears
Through neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Luffey’s goal is to alleviate years of pain and discomfort by realigning your jaw position. He will evaluate your posture, jaw alignment and teeth to create an effective TMJ treatment program custom to your anatomy. Non-surgical TMJ treatment may include strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatories and an orthotic device to prevent teeth grinding and improve the alignment of your jaw.
Dental restorations can also assist in creating a stable bite. Dr. Luffey is among the best restorative and cosmetic dentists in Albuquerque, New Mexico and can provide precise adjustment to your teeth. Veneers and dental implants improve the function and appearance of teeth worn down due to a misaligned bite. Cosmetic dentistry can change your life by alleviating pain and restoring your confidence in your smile.
What is TMD/TMJ? TMJ Pain Relief in Albuquerque, New Mexico
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMJ disorder. TMD/TMJ is a condition in which the muscles and tissues of your jaw are not working in harmony. You may have an overbite or underbite or other misalignment that causes the jaw muscles to pull in different directions where they should rest. You may experience misaligned cervical vertebrae and pinched nerves.
As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Luffey treats your teeth, jaw alignment and the system of hard and soft tissues that make up your mouth and jaw. Dr. Luffey has the tools and expertise to diagnose TMD/TMJ and create a comprehensive picture of the muscles, tissue and bone in your jaw to devise a custom treatment plan that provides you with long-lasting pain relief.