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TMJ DISORDER SPECIALIST About Dr. Bob Perkins
Dr. Perkins offers a treatment based on Neuromuscular Dentistry. Neuromuscular Dentistry dictates that a person’s “bite” should be in a place where the muscles that support the jaws are relaxed and not under any undo stress in order to function in the “bite”. So often with TMJ the lower jaw is forced to retrude in order for the teeth to come together. Muscles have to strain and overwork in order to find the existing, pathological bite. This chronic overworking of the muscles and joint bring about pain and tightening. Neuromuscular Dentistry finds a new bite position where the muscles and joint in the head and neck area are NOT forced not overwork. The process of finding this new bite position is totally reversible and non invasive. A new bite can be established in the proper Neuromuscular position and the muscles can calm down overnight. In a high percentage of the cases treated the patient will notice virtually a total resolution of their symptoms. These symptoms can include: HEADACHES, ringing of the ear, neck pain, clicking of the joint, ear congestion, and many other symptoms.
In addition, when a patient has TMJ disorders it is often reflected in the proportion of their face. A typical TMJ patient will often have a lower jaw that is set back (retruded). The lower face will oftentimes be short (compressed). Finding the correct bite that works best for pain relief will invariably bring about a more proportional and often younger looking face. Skin will flatten out as it gets more support from the new position of the lower jaw. The visual changes can be quite profound (refer to photos below).
No permanent changes are made to the patients bite unless and until the temporary changes have proven to bring about the desired results. This process of finding the correct bite via the temporary process takes no more than 4 weeks. After this time a patient will be presented with the treatment plan to move forward and make the changes (and the results) permanent. Once the changes are permanent the patient will not have any relapse of the symptoms. It is like changing lanes with your car from a lane that was full of debris into a lane that is clear and unobstructed.
In closing, chronic TMJ/TMD problems very rarely resolve on their own and they can be quite debilitating and degenerative.