What is Myofunctional Therapy and What Does It Treat?

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Open Bite Due to Tongue Thrust, causing TMJ Pain and speech issues

Myofunctional therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on correcting orofacial muscle dysfunction, which includes the muscles of the tongue, lips, cheeks, and jaw. The goal of myofunctional therapy is to improve the function and coordination of these muscles to address a variety of oral and facial issues, such as speech and swallowing difficulties, dental malocclusions, and sleep apnea.

Myofunctional therapy typically involves a series of exercises and techniques designed to improve the strength, flexibility, and coordination of the orofacial muscles. These exercises may include tongue strengthening exercises, lip and cheek exercises, and jaw exercises. The therapy may also involve techniques to improve breathing patterns and address any habits or behaviors that may be contributing to orofacial muscle dysfunction, which is regarded as TMJ.

Myofunctional therapy is often used in conjunction with other treatments, such as orthodontic treatment or sleep apnea therapy, to address underlying orofacial muscle dysfunction and improve treatment outcomes. A certified myofunctional therapist or a licensed speech-language pathologist with training in myofunctional therapy can provide this type of therapy.

If you have any questions regarding Houston Myofunctional Therapy or Airway Centric Dentistry or Houston TMJ Treatment, please feel free to contact us at Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289.

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