Jaw locks seldom get better on their own. Without treatment, they normally get worse, get more frequent and lead to more damage to the TM Joints. Jaw locks can be closed locks or open locks. This case history is that of a “closed lock” -meaning the jaw is locked when the mouth is closed and the disc is out of place preventing the jaw from opening normally.
This is a medical doctor who figured out how to manipulate the jaw to unlock. But since the jaw alignment was poor, the jaw locks recurred until the jaw would lock every time he closed his mouth. He had tried a mouth guard from one ‘TMJ expert’ for 2 years. He then went through 2 years of orthodontics hoping to resolve the TMJ locks. The teeth were straighter, but the jaw locks never improved. He was unwilling to have jaw surgery since he was managing OK.
When he learned about Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry, he looked into that for a solution. He realized that Dr Raman is a recognized TMD expert in his profession. After the optimal jaw alignment was diagnosed through Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry protocols, he chose to have Phase 1 PNMD orthotic treatment done. IMMEDIATELY after the orthotic was placed, the jaw locks were resolved! After 20 years of jaw locks, which was not corrected with splint therapy and orthodontic braces, PNMD orthotic corrected the jaw alignment problem and resolved the jaw locks! Headaches and neck pain also resolved.
Can difficulty with singing, inability in holding a note with power and facial pain after singing be related a poor jaw alignment even if the “bite” looks great?
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David is in college majoring in singing. He had previously had braces and has nice looking bite. No one diagnosed him as a TMJ patient but he has seen many doctors for pain. They diagnosed him as over stressed, stress disorder and having allergies then gave him allergy medication. The last 3-4 years his jaw has locked many times. He also has tingling in his fingers, pressure on his back teeth, migraines and tension in his shoulders, neck and back. Pain pills do not work well. He had his wisdom teeth removed about 2 years ago and the oral surgeon told him that his jaw kept locking while he was working on him.
His main reason for coming to Dr Raman is that he was having a lot of pain and tension in his jaws when singing. As a singer it is very important to try and relax. After hours of practice each week it would become so painful for him and he would develop extreme headaches. David felt as if he was just trying to survive through it and singing was no longer a source of joy for him.
David started to think that maybe there was something mentally wrong with him because he just did not understand what was going on with his jaw. His vocal teacher noticed the extra effort that it took for him to try and relax. He then suggested that David have his jaw joints checked out by a TMJ specialist. David did further research to find a specialist and that’s when he found Dr Raman.
David initially saw Dr Raman for a consultation to determine if he had poor jaw alignment even though his bite looked good and if his symptoms were due to that misalignment. He then proceeded with a series of diagnostic tests to determine the correct jaw and neck alignment. David was then fitted with a fixed Physiologic neuromuscular orthotic for 90 days. He said that this treatment has been life changing and even his vocal teacher noticed the difference right away. He can now hit notes he could not before, has more duration and holds a note with power. David feels hopeful that he can pursue his music passion and that there isn’t something mentally wrong with him.
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American Dental Association recognizes only nine specialty areas. Cosmetic dentistry, TMJ, implant dentistry, Neuromuscular dentistry and Aesthetic dentistry are not part of these nine specialty areas. While Dr. Raman is a general dentist that has received many years of training in these areas and trains dentists from around the world in these advanced dental areas, since there is no ADA recognition of specialty in these areas, Missouri rules require the following statement. "Cosmetic dentistry, TMJ, implant dentistry, Neuromuscular dentistry and Aesthetic dentistry are specialty areas not recognized by the ADA that requires no specific educational training to advertise this service".
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