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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry considers the harmony and balance of the TMJoint, Muscles of the head and neck, posture and teeth as well as the central nervous system. It is a treatment modality of dentistry that objectively focuses on correcting misalignment of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Neuromuscular dentistry acknowledges the multi-facted musculoskeletal occlusal signs and symptoms that relates to postural problems involving the lower jaw and neck region. Neuromuscular dentistry recognizes the need to solve the root of the misalignment problem(s) by understanding the relationships of the tissues which include the muscles, teeth, temporomandibular joints, and nerves. In short, neuromuscular dentistry and technology add objective data and understanding to previous mechanical models of occlusion.

Symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) are claimed to include:

  • Headaches / migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (Tic douloureux), a neuropathic pain disorder unrelated to TMD
  • Bell's Palsy, a nerve disorder unrelated to TMD
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Limited jaw movement or locking jaw
  • Numbness in the fingers and arms (related to the cervical musculature and nerves, not to TMD)
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
  • Jaw Joint pain
  • Clenching/bruxing
  • Tender sensitive teeth
  • A limited opening or inability to open the mouth comfortably
  • Deviation of the jaw to one side
  • The jaw locking open or closed
  • Postural problems (forward head posture)
  • Pain in the joint(s) or face when opening or closing the mouth, yawning, or chewing
  • Pain in the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joints
  • Pain in the occipital (back), temporal (side), frontal (front), or infra-orbital (below the eyes) portions of the head
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Swelling on the side of the face and/or mouth
  • A bite that feels uncomfortable, "off," or as if it is continually changing
  • Older Bells palsy

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next Linda presented to her Top 3 Dentist with TMJ pain, noise and headaches. She was also unhappy with the shape of her teeth. After further treatment and evaluations of options and desires and outcomes, she decided to have her TMJ issues treated via Neuromuscular Approach as well as doing crowns and veneers to enhance her smile. Because her bite disease was also treated, her lower third of the face now looks much more proportional, the double chin has lessened and her face looks much more proportional. As if she had a face lift. And she is ecstatic with her smile. Her TMJ problems and pain and noises are all gone.

prev next Susan was always unhappy with the way her teeth and smile looked. She kept breaking teeth and suffered from headaches. She had done her research and decided to have a Top 3 Neuromuscular Dentist treat her. Once her bite disease was corrected, her muscles were brought into a more relaxed position, a procedure called Esthetic Crown Lengthening was performed to level her gums and finally a Full Mouth Rejuvenation was performed. Headaches are gone, not only that, but also she has a beautiful, confident smile that makes her even more beautiful. Note the Masseter (Cheek) muscles how pronounced they look before, and how much more feminine and youthful she looks after the non surgical face lift via Neuromuscular Dentistry.

prev next Ann Suffered from Vertigo, headaches, ringing in her ears. She was unhappy with her facial esthetics but had no idea that it was related to her TMJ. She had clicking and popping of her jaw. She was treated by her Neuromuscular trained dentist and the results speak for themselves. Not only he Vertigo, headaches, ringing in her ears jaw popping were resolved, but also she has a brand new smile. The lower third of her face has become more symmetrical which enhances and euthanizes her appearance.

prev Curtis was suffering from TMJ pain all his life. People thought he was unhappy always. Headaches were unbearable at times, causing him to miss days from work. After he was treated by her Neuromuscular trained dentist, he realized that people were approaching him more. Not only his pain is gone, but also his facial features have changed, as if he has had a chin implant and a face lift. This was all done nonsurgically. Look at how much younger he looks, look at the position of his chin compared to where it was before, the jowels, lips, how they used to roll over, the eyes how tired they look.

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