Neuromuscular Dentistry

A new type of dental therapy is available for patients suffering from certain pains around the head, neck, and jaw muscles. The therapy is painless, interesting, and frankly, a little fun to do.

But in order to determine if a patient is qualified, a few questions need to be asked.

  • Do you suffer from frequent severe headaches or migraines?
  • Does your Temporo-mandibular Joint (jaw joint) hurt, click, or pop?
  • Do you wake up in the morning with sore jaw muscles?
  • Do you grind or clench you teeth at night while asleep?
  • Do you feel like your ears are congested (and you haven’t been in the water lately?)Do you have ringing in you ear or dizziness?
  • Do you have neck pain?

If you answered yes to these questions, your head and neck pain may be related to MUSCLE SPASM because your BITE is incorrect. Relieving the head and neck pain may be as easy as 1-2-3!

Imagine the relationship of your top teeth to the bottom ones. Let’s call it POSITION #3. This position, in turn, determines the distance between the upper and lower jaws. The relationship between the upper and lower jaws is POSITION #2. This position will change over time as our teeth change position. For example, as we grind our teeth shorter and shorter, the jaws will come closer together, causing POSITION #2 to shift.

Now, what holds our jaws together? Muscles. As the jaws open or close, the muscles will lengthen or shorten. The length and position of the muscles that hold our jaws together is POSITION #1.

Note that, in this example, the teeth relationship (POSITION #3) determines the upper to lower jaw relationship (POSITION #2) which then determines the muscle relationship (POSITION #1). Ultimately, the teeth positions are determining the muscle position. As you see, we are counting backwards: 3-2-1.

If you are experiencing head and neck pain, it could be due to MUSCLE SPASM due to the incorrect alignment of the muscles because of the incorrect tooth positions. The good news is that many patients can be cured by reversing the process. Align the facial muscles FIRST to THEIR most comfortable position, then fabricate an ORTHOSIS to hold the muscles, jaws, and teeth in position. The jaws and teeth are aligned in harmony with the most comfortable muscular position. 1-2-3: the muscles determine the jaw position which determines the teeth position.

This is the approach of Neuromuscular Dentistry. If a patient is experiencing head and neck pain, get the muscles in their most comfortable relationship (POSITION #1). The jaws will then be aligned properly (POSITION #2). Then the Neuromuscular Dentist will restore the bite to hold everything in their ideal position.