If you suffer from the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD), Dr. Hart may be able to help you with her neuromuscular knowledge and other dental services.
Some signs and symptoms of TMJ/TMD:
Neuromuscular dentistry evaluates facial muscles, joints and teeth to establish a well- balanced jaw position.
Dr. Hart attends the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental studies (LVI) for her neuromuscular training. She is one of a few dentists the in Richmond area who is actively studying at LVI.
What is "TMJ" or "TMD"?
View TMD Disorders Pamphlet PDF
"TMJ", although it has become almost a household word, is a non-specific, catch-all term for a variety of pain/dysfunction conditions of the head and neck. It was originally derived from "Temporomandibular Joint", your jaw joints - once thought to be the source of most of these ailments.
Today we know that there are many causes of head and neck problems that may or may not be related to the temporomandibular joint. For this reason, although not as widely familiar, most dentists use "TMD" (for temporomandibular disorders) to more accurately describe the condition.
You may normally think of a number of the symptoms of TMD as being medical conditions, not related to dentistry. This booklet will explain what they are, why they may involve your dentist, and how the dentist would diagnose and treat them.