Neuromuscular dentistry evaluates and treats conditions affecting how your muscles, teeth and joints all work together. We then use this information to correct your bite so that the muscles that control your jaw movement are in the best position for both comfort and function.
If your jaw is misaligned, both your hard and soft tissues are affected and
many problems can result. In many cases, these types of symptoms can
be the result of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMD is a broad
term for a collection of jaw conditions characterized by pain in the face,
jaw and teeth, and limitations in jaw movement. Sometimes, patients
develop TMD suddenly, commonly from injury to the head, face or neck.
However, the exact cause cannot always be pinpointed. TMD affects as
many as 60 million people of all ages. Many TMD problems manifest
during teenage years as relentless, sharp pain, chronic discomfort,
or grinding and clenching of the teeth. Some patients live with TMD for
many years before discovering TMD treatment exists.
Many TMJ patients have been treated by various doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists and chiropractors without relief. Unfortunately, these treatments do not address the root of the problem, jaw misalignment. Neuromuscular dentistry, however, treats the cause of your symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves.
Signs and symptoms of TMD include:
TMD treatment usually involves:
Relieving muscle spasm and pain by using a Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) unit. The TENS unit uses a rhythmic pulsing motion to relax your muscles by increasing blood flow and pumping out any waste products. The TENS unit also helps with pain relief by increasing your body's production of endorphins, a natural anesthetic.
Stabilizing your bite. Dr. Wang can provide you with a dental orthotic, a temporary device, to wear over your teeth. This device will allow Dr. Wang to make gentle corrections until your bite is stabilized. Once this is accomplished, your bite can be permanently corrected to this position with restorations or orthodontics.