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A Neuromuscular Approach to Treating TMJ Disorder

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Happy SmilesThe jaw, teeth, ligaments, nerves, and muscles of the chewing system were designed to work in harmony for optimal function. When even one element of this intricate machinery is thrown “off balance,” discomfort and dysfunction can ensue. The jaw joints are especially sensitive to physical and emotional stress. Restoring proper function is crucial to regain optimal use and comfort.

Virginia Beach dental patients depend on the progressive treatments provided by Dr. Gregory Schrumpf and Dr. Barry Herman at Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry. Dawson-trained and educated on advanced treatments in the field of TMJ disorder, Dr. Schrumpf utilizes a neuromuscular approach to treat TMJ issues.

Defining Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry takes a holistic view of oral health, with appreciation for the precise nature in which all of the components of a bodily system work together. A neuromuscular dentist will consider not just the issue at hand, but all of the factors that influence the function of a specific component.

Treating TMJ Disorder

Utilizing the tenets of neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Schrumpf will examine your jaw joints to determine the source of your discomfort. By evaluating each component of the chewing system, Dr. Schrumpf works to restore whole-mouth harmony by restoring balance to the entire system.

Your specific treatment will be customized to address your unique needs and considerations. Often, a small adjustment in the way the teeth fit together or the way the resting jaw joint is positioned can have a dramatic impact. To enact this change non-surgically, Dr. Schrumpf may recommend oral appliance therapy. A small, acrylic nightguard can ease pressure on stressed joints, nerves, and muscles to facilitate a return to full and comfortable function.

Enjoy the Benefits of Advanced Dentistry

Join the numerous Virginia Beach residents who’ve discovered healthy smiles through leading-edge dental care. Call Schrumpf & Herman Family Dentistry today.

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