An unbalanced jaw joint can make everyday actions painful, even unbearable for some people. The jaw joint (also called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ) is the epicenter of the chewing system – where the jaw connects to the head. Even the slightest imbalance can cause a multitude of painful symptoms, including:
- Popping or cracking with chewing
- Recurring headaches or migraines
- Muscle pain in the face, neck or upper back
- Worn or broken teeth
- Uncomfortable chewing
- A poorly balanced bite
Dr. Morris is an internationally renowned expert in neuromuscular dentistry solutions. As such, she is a leader in the entire dental industry—not just in Sarasota—for TMJ treatment. You can find relief through the following philosophies and TMJ therapy techniques.
Dr. Morris has taught many other dentists on neuromuscular reconstruction, which is a comprehensive approach that examines jaws, muscles, joints and more to finding the correct alignment of the jaws. Myotronic equipment makes this possible – with soothing relief for you, and insightful knowledge for Dr. Morris! Myotronics equipment relaxes muscles to their intended position, taking the guesswork out of bite repositioning.
Neuromuscuar dentists such as Dr. Morris understand the whole body needs to have proper form to provide comfort and health. With a balanced chewing system, you look and feel fantastic!
Biomimetic basically means “mimicking life,” which means following the intended jaw development. Many people never reach their mature jaw position for a variety of reasons – such as childhood allergies or a highly refined diet – and poor jaw alignment is the result. In adulthood, symptoms appear as crooked teeth; head and neck pain; sleep apnea, snoring and breathing problems, and more.
Fortunately, the solution from Dr. Morris is fairly non-invasive: a removable appliance. These are called DNA appliances or “epigenic appliances”, which are typically only worn at night. You can enjoy your normal life during the day, and progress towards a balanced bite while you sleep! This method uses gentle mechanical pressure to stimulates proper jaw bone development until the bite reaches its intended form!
Relief can be found for:
- Sleep apnea
- Head and facial pain
- Crooked teeth
- Many related bite ailments
Dr. Morris can expertly track your jaw movement in order to determine an ideal position. Dr. Morris uses Myotronics equipment to measure the full, 3D range of jaw motion. With this computer analysis, Dr. Morris is also able to determine the precise point at which the jaw is at rest, relative to the upper teeth. Muscle activity (during rest and in-use) is also measured.
With these comprehensive bite details, Dr. Morris can formulate a treatment plan to balance your bite. Some dentists assume your current jaw position is intended for your body, whereas Dr. Morris gains a complete understanding of chewing function, all through non-invasive, high-tech computer analysis.
In addition to facial rejuvenation, Botox provides great medical relief for facial muscles in spasm. With an unbalanced jaw, certain facial muscles become stressed to the point of severe discomfort. Dr. Morris can record muscle activity with her specialized Myotronics equipment, so she can relax and relieve the muscles in spasm. You’ll be able to feel the difference as your muscles transition from a stressed position into comfort!
Our patients enjoy non-invasive therapy, technology and patient-centered treatment, which distinguish World Class Dentistry and Facial Esthetics. Call us today to learn more about our extraordinary Sarasota TMJ relief.