FAQs about Neuromuscular Dentistry
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!