Neuromuscular dentistry’s approach has an expanded diagnostic assessment, and bases much of its success on getting the muscles and nerves to coexist correctly with your teeth and joints. Neuromuscular Dentistry is concerned with the dynamic relationship between the range of motion of these joints and in body posturing.
Think of neuromuscular problems in this way: Imagine riding a bike with a bent seat. After years of adjusting to this awkward position, some muscles would have shortened because of reduced use; others would have been stretched. Fashioning a new seat would not eliminate all the muscle problems created. The seat’s proper position would need to be determined first to make any guarantees about whether the muscle tension would subside. So in essence we are treating the cause and not just symptoms.
When teeth, facial muscles and jaw joints are out of balance, some people can develop a condition identified by some as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ or TMD). Certain patients exhibit little or no effects from TMJ while others experience severe pain or other issues.
Symptoms of a Neuromuscular Problem can be, but are not limited to:
- Pain behind eyes
- Limited mouth opening
- Neck, shoulder, back pain or stiffness
- Clicking or grating sounds in TM joint
- Pain or soreness in TM (jaw) joints
- Locking jaw (opened or closed)
- Unexplained breaking, cracking or chipping of teeth or restorations
- Unexplained teeth or facial pain
- Numbness in fingers or arms
- Difficulty swallowing