What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry is not a household world. Nor is it intuitively obvious what it’s about. Family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are both very straightforward. It’s easy to see what they do. But neuromuscular dentistry? That takes some explaining.

Neuromuscular dentistry is the study of the nerve and muscle system of the mouth and jaw and how they interact with your mouth’s hard tissues, the bones and teeth. The goal is to look at the way your mouth functions to ensure that your muscles aren’t working against your teeth and bones. When there is significant disharmony in your mouth-jaw system, you may suffer from what is called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). TMJ can cause both local and body-wide effects.

When your muscles, bones, and jaws are not in harmony, you can experience soreness in your muscles, worn teeth, broken teeth, and chipped teeth. Your dental restorations can suffer serious damage, dramatically reducing their expected life. The effects of TMJ elsewhere include frequent headaches, stiff or painful neck, and upper back pain.

Neuromuscular dentistry includes the treatment of TMJ as well as more basic bite conditions and serves as a powerful complement to general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics.

If you want to learn how neuromuscular dentistry can help you, please contact Dentonics, Inc, in Pittsburgh today for an appointment.

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