Neuromuscular Dentistry focuses on correcting the misalignment of the jaw. The practice of Neuromuscular Dentistry focuses on correcting the misalignment of the jaw and allowing the teeth, jaw, and muscles to work in proper balance.
General dentists are trained to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, sometimes your oral health problems extend beyond what is outwardly visible. When the muscles, nerves, soft tissues and hard tissues in your mouth and jaw area become damaged, fatigued, or misaligned, it takes a neuromuscular dentist to identify the problem source and present a treatment plan.
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a complex condition that can go undiagnosed for years before treatment is sought. Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Tran practice neuromuscular dentistry by using specific technology to diagnose whether jaw misalignment is to blame for your painful symptoms.
By using the 3D x-rays and taking impressions, our dentists able to capture the alignment of the mouth, jaw, teeth and muscles. Once identified, we are able to fabricate an appliance to replicate the ideal position. The appliance is then worn for several hours a day and is considered a transitional option to improve symptoms. Once most of the symptoms are alleviated, a more predictable long term treatment plan is discussed.
|TMJ pain||Difficulty chewing|
|Jaw popping||Ear congestion|
|Limited opening||Tingling of fingertips|
|Postural problems||Hot & cold sensitivity|
|Cervical pain||Bell’s palsy|
|Trigeminal Neuralgia||Nervousness / insomnia|
|Difficulty swallowing||Clenching / bruxing|
A remedy for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome), TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) and MPD (Myofascial Pain Dysfunction).
Causes for TMD and TMJ can include;
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Friction of the soft cushion between the ball and socket of the joint
- Stress which can cause tightness in jaw muscles
- Dizziness also referred to as vertigo
- Ringing in the ears
- Neck aches and general back pain
- Pain or tenderness in your jaw, neck and shoulders
- Jaws get stuck in the open position
How can Neuromuscular Dentistry fix jaw pain, snoring and dizziness?
Essentially your jaw is out of position. I use technology and my 40 years of dental experience to both diagnose and treat neuromuscular disorders. The symptoms associated with TMJ, TMD and MPD are often times miss-diagnosed. If you are experiencing any of the issues listed on my causes or symptoms list and hasn’t found a solution I highly recommend you schedule an appointment with any dentist you trust.
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you would almost certainly benefit from a Comprehensive Neuromuscular Assessment and an individually tailored treatment plan.