Recently AADR- American Association for Dental Research â€“ an organization almost entirely run by academic dentists issued a TMD policy. It says, in part, â€œStudies of the natural history of many TMDs suggest that they tend to improve or resolve over time.â€
That certainly is not the case with the folks that we treat. They have been suffering for years and even decades before getting help through Neuromuscular dentistry.
So what is the academicsâ€™ solution? Bite guard or medications such as Neurontin or Gabapentin.
Here is a story of an Occupational Therapist whose husband is a highly trained Physical Therapist. She suffered for years with TMD symptoms including severe neck pain. Even after two Epidural steroid injection in the back of the neck, there was no relief.
She is now pain free with Neuromuscular treatment. Once the Neuromscular orthotic corrected her bite relation and gave her relief, orthodontics is being used to move the teeth to the proven position while developing the optimal shape of Maxillary arch. We are preparing to stabilize the results and improve the smile with porcelain restorations.
It was her option to do that instead of finishing the case with NM orthodontics alone which would have taken more time and would not have resulted in a great smile!
When she heard what the academics saidâ€¦.she disagreed with it. â€œIt was not getting better on its own. Oh, no!â€
Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ANWclX2qPo