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Posts for: June, 2015
Find out how more about neuromuscular dentistry and how it promotes jaw health.
Have you been experiencing jaw pain or discomfort? Are you concerned that your symptoms could be due to jaw misalignment? While you could go to any dentist for treatment, for those who are suffering from jaw problems the most effective treatment you can find is from your Glenview, IL neuromuscular dentists. We understand the relationship between hard and soft tissues found in the jaw and face, and can help to correct dental issues due to jaw misalignment.
Q. What is neuromuscular dentistry?
A. Neuromuscular dentistry is a type of dental treatment that specializes in fixing jaw misalignments. Jaw misalignment is when the upper and lower teeth do not line up properly with each other. This problem can cause pain, swelling, headaches and significant stress and wear on jaw muscles. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is one common jaw problem that is due to jaw misalignment.
Q. How does my Glenview, IL dentist diagnose my jaw misalignment?
A. In order to alleviate your symptoms your Glenview, IL dentists will need to examine your bite and from there determine where your proper bite should be to help relax your jaw muscles. Besides a thorough physical examination, we will also perform X-rays and other forms of radiography to help us better understand your jaw joints and discover the proper position for your jaw.
Q. What are some neuromuscular dentistry treatments?
A. If your Glenview dentists have determined that you suffer from jaw misalignment then we will need to first determine the cause—whether it’s due to the jaw joints themselves or from the position of certain teeth. Based on the specific cause, we will create a treatment plan that will shift the jaw to its ideal position.
One way we do this is by using a mouth guard or splint, which can help to correct and stabilize the position of the jaw until the correction is permanent. Another treatment known as Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) requires your Glenview, IL dentists to place electrodes on your jaw, shoulders and neck to transmit low-frequency electrical stimulation to help contract and relax the muscles in the jaw and reduce symptoms.
Sometimes if the jaw misalignment is due to tooth position this can be corrected with simple orthodontics or with certain dental restorations like tooth reshaping and dental crowns.
Don’t let jaw discomfort affect your life. Find out how your Glenview, IL neuromuscular dentist can help alleviate your symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Colonial Dental Group today!
Orthodontists are able to achieve attractive results with traditional braces moving several teeth into a better position. In a way, braces are the original “smile makeover.”
But orthodontic treatment can also be useful if only a few teeth (like the two upper front teeth) need to be moved slightly. A treatment known as minor tooth movement takes only a few months as opposed to years for traditional multiple teeth movement, and with removable appliances that may use small springs or elastics to place gentle pressure on teeth to move them.
So, what constitutes a minor tooth movement scenario? As with any dental condition, the first step is a complete dental examination, particularly the bite. We also need to determine if enough room exists to close any space without compromising the bite with the opposing teeth, and if the teeth and their roots are in a good position to allow minor movement — otherwise, more extensive treatment may be called for. The surrounding gum tissues and bone also need to be healthy and disease-free, especially in adults.
We may also need to look more closely at the actual cause for a front tooth gap. If the gap is the result of the tongue habitually pressing against the back of the teeth and pushing them forward, it may then be difficult or impossible to close the gap with minor tooth movement techniques. The cause may also originate from the frenum (a thin, muscular tissue that rises up from between the upper front teeth toward the lip) if it has extended too far between the teeth. In this case we may first need to surgically remove some of the frenum tissue before attempting orthodontics or the teeth may gradually move back apart after closing the gap.
Although minor tooth movement normally doesn’t take as long as braces, it may still require several months. And just like with braces, you will need to wear a retainer for several months afterward until the bone stabilizes around the new position. Still, minor tooth movement could have a major impact on your smile.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Minor Tooth Movement.”