When there are misalignments in the jaw, this can have an impact on both hard and soft tissues. This can cause a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Jaw pain
- Neck and should pain
- Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
- Ear ringing
A number of these symptoms are due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome). A dentist who is specialized in neuromuscular dentistry can help treat these symptoms.
How neuromuscular dentistry can help
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting jaw misalignments and putting your jaw into an optimal position. To determine the jaw’s optimal position, the dentist will use a number of dental technologies, such as x-rays, radiographs, electromyography (EMG) and sonography.
Once the optimal position of the jaw is determined, the dentist will aim to realign the jaw joints to help relieve the pain and discomfort. This can be achieved using a number of dental techniques and treatments, such adjusting the bite, dental restorative treatments, tooth recontouring, and orthodontics.
Bite adjustment can also be corrected by oral devices, such as stabilization splints or mouthguards. These help to stabilize the bite and prevent teeth clenching and teeth grinding, which can often cause painful TMJ symptoms.
Benefits of neuromuscular dentistry
Neuromuscular dentistry is beneficial since it specifically focuses on correcting painful TMJ symptoms patients are suffering by placing the jaw into its ideal position. Compared to standard dentistry which focuses on teeth, gums and bones, neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the hard and soft tissues, muscles and nerves. Thus, treatments plans are tailored to correct jaw misalignments and provide long term relief.
If you are suffering from headaches, migraines or other TMJ symptoms, contact us at Uptown Dental Gig Harbor to find out how we can help you.