Neuromuscular dentistry is a field of dentistry not practiced by all dentists. It’s an approach to dentistry which considers not just the teeth and gums, but also the jaw joint, the muscles that move it, the nerves running through the area, and your bite. Dr. Kun, in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, has advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry, beyond anything offered in dental school. He is a fellow of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) in Las Vegas, the world’s premier post-graduate neuromuscular dentistry institution.
Your bite is the way your upper and lower teeth come together when you close your mouth. Ideally, the teeth will fit smoothly against each other, with no rubbing or uneven pressure and no straining in the jaw muscles.
A poorly-aligned bite will eventually cause pain and tooth loss. If the teeth jar or bump against each other, they’ll cause excessive wear and tear. Usually, the jaw muscles will try to close the jaw in a well-aligned bite. If you think of how often in one day we all open and close our mouths, you can get an idea of how strain and stress could build up in the jaw area when the bite is off-kilter and the muscles keep trying to correct it.
The jaw joint is technically known as the Temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ for short. A condition of chronic jaw misalignment is known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, TMD, (also known as TMJ, meaning Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome).
The most obvious and painful symptom of TMD is severe headaches. If you have been suffering from severe or “migraine” headaches, and have not found a doctor who can pinpoint their cause or stop them from happening, perhaps you should visit an experienced neuromuscular dentist.
It might seem odd at first that a dental problem could cause headaches. But consider that there are several large nerves running through the face and jaw area which have many branches. Some branches even extend through the shoulders and arms. When stress builds up in the jaw area, inflammation sets in, with swelling and irritation. This spreads to the nerves, putting pressure on them, and causing pain.
A neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Kun can examine your bite to find where and how it is misaligned, discover where your jaw would be if your bite were well-aligned, and create a treatment plan to correct it. The jaw muscles can relearn their movements, teeth can be reshaped or moved to better positions, and over a period of time, your comfort level will increase dramatically.
Don’t endure those headaches, or that neck or shoulder pain, tooth grinding, or jaw popping and cracking any more. These could all be symptoms of TMD, and if they are, help is around the corner. Contact Dr. Kun today to schedule an initial consultation. You can ask your questions and Dr. Kun will give you understandable answers. The first step in any TMD treatment, if that is what you have, will include pain relief. Call or email us today.