Are you experiencing jaw pain in muscles and joints? If so, your pain could be due to a misaligned bite. When your upper and lower teeth do not bite together evenly and correctly, your muscles and joints must work harder for them to fit together, fighting against your natural bite. This overwork and potentially awkward motion can lead to pain and other symptoms, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (abbreviated at TMJ or TMD).
Symptoms of TMJ or TMD
There are several symptoms which may indicate that you are suffering from a misaligned bite and temporomandibular joint disorder:
Popping or clicking of the jaw in motion
Migraines, or frequent headaches
Locking of the jaw
Jaw pain, or neck and shoulder pain
Worn, or cracked teeth
Sore, sensitive teeth
Treatment with Neuromuscular Dentistry
Neuromuscular Dentistry involves looking at the relationship between your jaw, muscles and teeth and assessing their position and the way they function together. Then, if a misalignment is identified, treatment is designed to bring the entire system into harmony, for an even, optimal bite and a resolution of the TMJ/TMD symptoms.
Diagnosis may involve:
Xrays, or Digital Radiographs
Electromyography (EMG) – measures the positions of the jaw muscles to determine stressed and relaxed points and to identify structural issues of the jaw joints.
Sonography – records sounds from the jaw joints to detect any abnormalities
Treatment Options may include:
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) – Ultra low frequency electrodes are placed on the jaw, neck, and shoulders to stimulate the muscles and train them to relax, resolving muscle pain and spasms.
Tooth recontouring (equilibration)
Splints or mouth guards to adjust the bite
If you are experiencing symptoms which may indicate a problem with your bite, visit Radiant Dental for an assessment. Dr. Jeevan Gill is trained and certified in Neuromuscular Dentistry and can help to diagnose and resolve any issues with your bite that may be causing you pain.