NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY differs from traditional dentistry in that it includes focused consideration of the muscles and nerves in and around the jaw—and the correct positioning of the jaw—as part of overall oral health.

Neuromuscular Dentistry Can Help Treat TMD

Our teeth, joints, muscles, and nerves all work together in the proper alignment and functioning of our jaw. When any part of this delicate equation is overlooked, painful conditions such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and other serious dental problems can develop.

The inclusive approach of neuromuscular dentistry can help treat TMD. It can also provide more comfortable and longer lasting solutions to related dental treatments such as dentures and smile makeovers.

What Did You Do To Become A Qualified Neuromuscular Dentist?

As a long time sufferer of TMD I understand completely how debilitating this disorder can be. Something as simple as a bite guard can help to prevent a myriad of problems. I have been using one for more than a decade and cannot live without it.

Do you have a neuromuscular dentistry success story you’d like to share?

My own story started in grad school. Being under heavy stress can exacerbate TMD issues. Bruxism (i.e. clenching and grinding may be a response to stress. When we rub our teeth together nerve endings at the root of our teeth send a signal to the brain telling it to release a stress reliving hormone. The issue arises when one does this too much thereby producing TMD symptoms. Mine included migraine headaches, muscle spasms, lock jaw and sensitive teeth. Bite guard therapy in conjunction with relaxation techniques, being more aware of clenching during waking hours and other stress relieving methods helped me tremendously. I cannot live without my bite guard to this day.

Hard And Soft Tissues Have A Complex Relationship

We work to make that relationship harmonious. If your jaw is misaligned, many physiological problems can result, including:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
  • and others…

TMD Affects Millions Of People

Neuromuscular dentistry utilizes modern technology to precisely determine the proper positioning of the jaw, and to place the jaw into its optimal position, which can help relieve the symptoms associated with TMD.

If you have symptoms like those listed above, take a minute and make an appointment with our team. We’d be happy to take the time to visit with you about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry.

And, as always, thanks for being our valued patient and friend.