Relief from Head, Neck and Jaw Pain
TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull where your temples are located. Your TMJ is what allows you to chew and talk—activities many of us take for granted. However, if you have a TMJ disorder, you know that these simple actions can cause pain that has a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Head, neck and facial pain are all signs you may have TMJ disorder and can be treated by our Albuquerque TMJ treatment dentist.
Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, provides neuromuscular dentistry that seeks the optimal resting position of your jaw. By achieving the proper alignment of your jaw, you’ll alleviate painful symptoms of TMJ disorder, also called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Using a combination of dental restorations and orthotic appliances, Dr. Luffey can help you achieve and maintain proper placement of your jaw, relieving your pain.
Dr. Luffey is a Presbyterian Medical Provider for sleep disorders and TMJ pain in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Head, Neck or Jaw Pain? TMJ Pain Relief Can Help
Dr. Luffey’s approach to TMJ pain relief includes careful, individualized planning and diagnostic procedures to ensure your TMJ treatment is as effective as possible. He takes you through every step of your treatment, keeping you educated and informed so you can take an active role in your therapy.
Dr. Luffey may begin by adjusting your bite to provide comfort and harmony between the head and neck neuromuscular system. This is done through an orthotic appliance. He may perform a bite adjustment to reshape any teeth that are causing painful jaw displacement. When comfort is achieved and head, neck and jaw pain diminished, Dr. Luffey further improves jaw comfort and functionality through restorative dentistry. Dr. Luffey is a talented restorative dentist who can improve the aesthetics of your smile through porcelain crowns, veneers or dental implants.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder—Check Your TMJ Symptoms
TMJ disorder is a painful condition that results when your temporomandibular joint connecting your jaw to your skull becomes misaligned. If you have a TMJ disorder, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Head, neck, or jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- TMJ headaches
- Difficulty chewing
- Clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw joint
- Facial swelling or pain
- Limited mobility of the jaw
- Sleep disorders
As a TMJ treatment dentist, Dr. Luffey can treat the causes of your TMJ pain, not just the symptoms. By improving your TMJ symptoms with our Albuquerque dentist, you will experience relief in many areas that affect your overall health and quality of life.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Luffey treats the teeth, muscle and tissues that makes up your mouth and jaw. Dr. Luffey has the tools and expertise to devise a custom treatment plan that provides you with long-lasting pain relief. To learn more about TMJ treatment in Albuquerque, NM, request an appointment online or call (505) 294-4700.