Helping To Relieve Headaches: Tyler, Texas
Dr. Coker and his team members have previously taken many hours of training in neuromuscular dentistry, but last week they had an update. A trainer from Savanah was flown in and spent two days at the office getting everyone updated.
A neuromuscular dentist is trained in the relationship of the muscles and nerves with the teeth and bones in the jaw. Neuromuscular dentistry is a way to treat TMJ disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder can be hard to identify and treat because it has so many symptoms. A few of the symtoms include:
- Migraines and other severe headaches
- Facial pain
- Numbness in fingers or arms
- Restricted jaw movement
- Excess wear, chipping, or cracking of teeth or restorations
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Recurring pain or constant soreness around the jaw joints or ears
The training is intense and exacting, but the team knows how rewarding it is when patients who have been in extreme pain can finally get some relief.
To reduce or alleviate TMJ pain the jaw’s ideal rest position must be found. That begins with Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) which is like an electrical massage.
Once the jaw muscles have been relaxed it is followed with computerized jaw tracking, electromyography and electrosonography. You know if it involves such big words and computerized equipment, it can be pretty technical for the team to learn.