A neuromuscular dentist considers the position of the teeth in relation to the function of the joints and muscles in an effort to improve the harmony of the two. In essence, they are working to make your jaw and muscles happy.
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting jaw alignment and the functional system that allows you to chew, swallow, and speak while also diagnosing disorders related to the jaw or muscles.
Using state-of-the-art technology, dentists can determine your optimal jaw position. They use tracking instruments to record movement, resting position, and path of closure. Electromyography is used to measure function while sonography is used to record jaw-joint sound to detect any abnormalities.
Treatment plans will be centered on your overall function but also address pain, stabilization of the bite, and long-term management.
If you have TMJ, it probably started with pain and discomfort in your jaw joint and the muscles used to move your jaw. Pain and discomfort do not always signal a problem and usually go away on their own.
However, if you are having headaches, trouble chewing, and pain in the face, jaw, and ear, you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ. Some people complain about an uncomfortable bite. Some even feel dizzy or a pain in their neck.
Most people try to treat the symptoms at home with pain relievers and ice packs. However, dentists can help you if your home remedies are not working. We often suggest trying mouth guards, though you may need surgery or implants.
Symptoms of TMJ / TMD Disorders
- Headaches / Migraines
- Pain of the face
- Neck/shoulder/back pain
- Jaw locking when jaw open or closed
- Facial swelling
- Pain of the jaw joint and/or the ear
- Worn or cracked teeth
- Uncomfortable bite
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping in jaw
- Restricted ability or complete inability to open the mouth without pain
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Numbness or tingling of hands or arms
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If you are suffering from TMJ, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (781) 236-3586. We will schedule an appointment so we can discuss your options. We will do everything we can to help you have a beautiful, pain-free smile!.