Jaw pain can be excruciating and difficult to cure. Often, its can be the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and disorders associated with the joint (TMD). Neuromuscular dentistry is a field of dentistry that helps in pinpointing and treating these disorders. How the Temporomandibular Joint Impacts Musculature The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to the skull and performs eating, laughing and speaking functions. Neuromuscular dentistry is a special area of dentistry that involves correcting jaw positioning and accompanying muscle tension that can lead to jaw, neck, head and shoulder pain. Since TMD is brought on by a poorly functioning jaw joint, jaw pain is one of its primary symptoms. A bite in which lower teeth and upper teeth are misaligned causes jaw misplacement and strains the surrounding musculature. This unbalanced nature of the entire region brings about the jaw pain. Constant strain from poorly aligned forces can causes bones to break down and even causes boney growths to accumulate. A Common, Often Unrecognized Disorder The TMJ Association estimates that more than 10 million Americans have TMD. Symptoms can bring much discomfort and include chronic pain in the face, jaw, head, neck, shoulders or back, snoring, tooth grinding, multiple ear infections and even depression. If you or a loved one is seeking pain relief from the variety of TMD symptoms highlighted, please call 403-543-4600 to contact the office of Dr. Gordon Chee at Aesthetic Dental Studio and schedule an appointment today.