Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the correction of occlusion, or bite, to relieve stress on facial muscles caused by a condition known as temporomandibular disorder. By understanding the relationships between the teeth, muscles, joints, and nerves, we can eliminate a wide variety of symptoms related to misalignment of the jaw. Not all dentists are qualified to diagnose TMD. We are proud to be one of the select few dentists in the area who specialize in neuromuscular treatment.

What is TMD/TMJ?

Temporomandibular disorder, often called TMD, is characterized by misalignment of the jaw, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMD develops over many years and affects millions of people worldwide. Without treatment, it can result in a variety of symptoms, many of which are relatively common. For this reason, cases of TMD often go unnoticed and untreated.

Symptoms of TMD can include...

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Sensitive or sore teeth
  • Jaw joint or muscle pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locking jaw
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Clenching teeth
  • Clicking or popping jaw
  • Deviation of the jaw
  • Uncomfortable or changing bite
  • Swelling of the mouth or face
  • Pain around or behind the eyes
  • Postural problems

Diagnosis

Using the latest techniques and technology, we are well equipped to diagnose the degree of malocclusion and determine the best position for your jaw in order to relieve the symptoms of TMD.

Computer Technology
The computerized K-7 software system analyzes your jaw's resting position as well as the path of it's movements.
Electromyography
The function of your jaw is measured in both the stressed and relaxed positions to check for structural defects.
Sonography
Sounds made by the jaw joints are recorded and analyzed to detect the presence of any abnormalities.
X-Ray Images
X-rays are often taken and used to aid in the evaluation of joint position and condition.

Treatment

ULF-TENS
A special device is used to stimulate the muscles and nerves. Tiny electrodes placed on your jaw, neck, and shoulder areas transmit a mild electrical impulse which repeatedly contracts the jaw muscles, completely relaxing them to alleviate pain and spasms.
Orthotics
Temporary oral stabilizing devices help reposition your jaw.
Dental Work
General dental work can provide a more comfortable bite. Crowns, tooth contouring, and orthodontics are common examples.
Long Term Management
Regular visits may be necessary to keep your jaw aligned properly.