Why see a Physiological Dentist

Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN

If you have temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ disorder or TMD), seeking the care of a qualified medical professional is crucial. However, not every dentist is qualified to treat this ailment. In fact, diagnosing TMJ disorder is one of the greatest challenges in medical science. A physiological dentist in Nashville, like Dr. Brian Devine, has specialized training to meet this challenge. At TMJ and Airway Associates of Nashville, we proudly offer physiological dentistry to TMJ sufferers in Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills find the lasting relief they deserve.

What is physiological dentistry?

Why see a Physiological Dentist

Physiological dentistry takes a “big-picture” view of your oral health to achieve or restore the ideal balance between your teeth, jaws, and orofacial musculature. Finding this optimum alignment brings harmony to your entire orofacial system.

A physiological dentist understands that the function of your jaws and mouth affects your overall wellness. This is why having poor jaw position can impact your posture, your neck, and even your spine. Dr. Devine knows the techniques and procedures of physiological dentistry and uses them to restore harmony in your bite. For a patient who suffers from jaw pain, this alignment change resolves symptoms of TMJ disorder that you may be experiencing.

Technology Used to Diagnose and Treat TMJ Disorder

At TMJ and Airway Associates of Nashville, Dr. Devine employs special state-of-the-art technologies to diagnose and treat TMJ disorder and the surrounding orofacial issues.

BioPAK: This diagnostic system evaluates various parameters of your stomatognathic system, measuring how the jaws function as well as the performance of the mastication muscles. BioPAK indicates flaws in function and other potential signs of TMJ disorder. This versatile diagnostic system performs joint vibration analysis, jaw tracking, and electromyography.

Know the Signs of TMJ Disorder

The following issues may be evidence that you currently suffer from TMJ disorder

  • Persistent ringing in the ears
  • Migraine headaches that do not respond to standard migraine treatments
  • Jaw pain, especially while chewing
  • Popping or clicking sound as your jaws open and close
  • Pain in your neck and back, especially if it has been persistent through treatment from your general physician or chiropractor

Here is full a list of symptoms related to TMJ disorder.

One of the most common misdiagnoses related to TMJ disorder occurs when patients suffer from headaches that are perceived as migraines. These headaches can be severe or might be of migraine-like intensity, but will not respond well to medication. To learn more about TMJ headaches, or to see how TMJ headaches differ from migraines check out these pages.

The Importance of TMJ Treatment

If you suffer from TMJ disorder, you cannot merely “tough it out” or hope that the condition goes away. In fact, failing to seek diagnosis and treatment exacerbates TMJ disorder. While the symptoms of this condition vary, TMJ disorder frequently causes pain—often of chronic and severe varieties, bad enough to impede your ability to function on a daily basis and complete seemingly simple tasks. Left undiagnosed or untreated, TMJ disorder will continue creating problems throughout your body, affecting the jaw joints, along with the adjacent musculature, blood vessels, and nerves. Eventually, it impacts the face, neck, and even the spine.

Long-term consequences of untreated TMJ may include:

  • Pinched nerves
  • Misaligned cervical vertebrae
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities

Physiological Dentistry in Nashville

Have any more questions about TMJ disorder? Click here to learn more about our treatment program for TMJ disorder. Remember that TMJ disorder is a serious ailment that must be treated by a qualified medical professional. Choosing a physiological dentist like Dr. Brian Devine is a great choice to resolve your case of TMJ disorder. You do not have to live with your TMJ problems or chronic pain. To schedule a consultation today, call our office at (615) 329-1854.

TMJ and Airway Associates serves Middle Tennessee, including Belle Meade and Green Hills.

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