Neuromuscular dentistry is a non-surgical discipline used to diagnose malocclusion (incorrect bite) through the gentle repositioning of the jaw. The goal is to alleviate what can be years of pain and discomfort and in the process possibly enhancing your smile.
Neuromuscular dentistry is the art and science of using the relaxed position of the muscles in the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiologic position. Thirty-five years of research and clinical experience have shown that this technique is effective in treating various levels of head and neck pain.
It is also used to find the optimal jaw position before restorative dentistry is commenced, and thereby greatly increases the efficacy, comfort, and longevity of restorations in conjunction with one's own natural dentition.
When one's bite is off (called malocclusion), many problems occur. The most common is called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome, a condition that causes pain and soreness in the jaw.
Malocclusion also causes other symptoms such as:
- Pain and clicking/ popping in the jaw
- Pain or soreness in the head, neck. shoulders. and back
- Loose, broken, worn, or chipped teeth of dental work.
- Abnormal tooth wear or grinding
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus), congestion in the ears or subjective hearing loss
The symptoms are so diverse that they attributed to stress, injury or illness. Underlying structural problems are nearly always present and lead to over-action of the muscles of the jaw, head, and neck. Over a period of time, such structural problems can lead to tension and pain. Patients often seek help from a variety of practitioners ranging from family physicians to chiropractors, while the pain may never be fully resolved neuromuscular dentistry may help.