Neuromuscular DentistrySanta Clara, CA
Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the interaction of different facial muscles, joints, and bones in the face. With this type of dentistry, Dr. Christina Minah Pak, DDS will help maintain a person's ability to smile, speak, and chew confidently and comfortably. The treatment focuses on correcting issues related to the oral cavity by correcting jaw misalignment.
With a thorough assessment of the current range of motion, the dentist can intervene to restore the jaw to its correct position. Regardless of the patient's condition – TMJ disorder, bruxism, pain from uneven bite pressure – neuromuscular dentistry provides options to correct the problem.
If you want to learn more or determine if this treatment is right for you, call us at 408-244-0590 today.
Overview of Neuromuscular Dentistry
Sometimes, dental issues extend beyond the gums and teeth. Sometimes they stem from the joints, bones, and muscles that enable chewing and speaking. The dentists that specialize in neuromuscular dentistry determine the optimal position of the jaw joints to alter the alignment of the upper and lower jaw. Correcting jaw misalignment makes it possible to relieve the stress on the jaw muscles and resolve TMJ disorder and unwanted symptoms such as chronic headaches, earaches, misaligned bites, and jaw pain.
Neuromuscular dentistry is innovative by taking a treatment approach that considers the jawbone and the associated muscles. We can help to relieve pain and related symptoms in an attempt to help boost the patient's overall quality of life.
The Need for Neuromuscular Dentistry
Problems with the jaw joints can cause several painful and annoying side effects. neuromuscular dentistry can treat some of the following issues:
- Jaw pain
- Popping noise in the jaw
- Tinnitus, stuffy/clogged ears, or hearing loss
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Sinus pressure and headaches
The above symptoms are only a few of the reasons to seek neuromuscular dentistry treatment. Anyone experiencing these symptoms may be dealing with a jaw disorder that requires dental intervention.
Services in Neuromuscular Dentistry
Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the underlying cause of a problem, whether it affects the jaw joint, muscle, or tooth position. The dentist will develop a treatment plan to correct bite anomalies and restore the optimal positions of the jaw. Some of the services provided include:
To treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, the dentist will first try to detect the cause of the pain – arthritis of the joint, aftermath of an injury or bite misalignment. Knowing the answer will help the dental profession determine the proper solution. With a scanning unit, the dentist will determine the perfect position for the jaw and try to achieve this through different non-invasive treatments such as bite splint or custom-made orthotic. Correcting TMJ disorder can help to improve sleep quality and general wellbeing.
Sleep apnea treatment
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing for several seconds while sleeping – with several episodes happening in one night. This triggers a brief unconscious wake-up to resume breathing, often causing the person to gasp for air. Most patients affected by the condition are not aware, so the condition often goes untreated. Snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnea.
We will conduct an examination to know if the patient is eligible for an oral appliance. They can accurately determine where airflow is the best and determine jaw position to create a high-precision and personalized oral appliance. The device creates room in the air passages by moving the jaw.
Oral appliance therapy
An oral appliance is a dental device worn over the upper and lower teeth, especially during sleep. As a cosmetic dentist, we can help ensure this device fits properly. Although there are different types of oral appliances, almost all are categorized as Mandibular Advancement Devices, which work by stabilizing or moving the jaw slightly forward to put the jaw, tongue, and throat in optimal positions throughout sleep. The oral appliance is more effective if it is custom-made and designed for the patient's oral cavity and the jaw's protrusion limit.
Snoring happens when the airflow from the mouth or nose to the lungs causes the throat tissues to vibrate during sleep. This causes a loud, raspy noise. Snoring is often the side effect of sleep apnea or other health or structural issues. The dentist will consider the patient's medical history, oral structures, and symptoms to make a diagnosis. Depending on the dentist's findings, they will recommend the appropriate treatment option and lifestyle changes to alleviate the condition.
Facial pain management
Dentists who specialize in neuromuscular dentistry can also treat oral and facial pain conditions. Conditions such as chronic headaches, jaw disorders, teeth grinding, and breathing issues can cause facial pain. Patients who are experiencing facial pain can book an appointment for a consultation. The dentist will develop a treatment plan to manage the pain and treat the condition causing the discomfort.
Botox is a popular skin rejuvenation procedure, but it is also applicable in neuromuscular dentistry. Patients suffering from TMJ disorder can get relief through Botox cosmetic injections. It can also relieve chronic jaw and facial pain caused by jaw clenching and teeth grinding. The dentist will first determine if the patient is eligible for the treatment. Afterward, they will inject specific muscles to induce relaxation and relieve symptoms.
Call Us Today
Neuromuscular dentistry techniques are effective for successfully treating TMJ symptoms and for issues related to occlusal and bite adjustment. If the dentist decides that the treatment will be beneficial for the patient, they will recommend the procedures that will help to relieve the symptoms and correct bite alignment. Call us at 408-244-0590 to schedule an appointment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the follow-up care requirements after treatment?
The rate of healing and recovery after treatment depends on the patient. Patients need to keep up with their dental appointments so that the dentist can monitor treatment progress and ensure there is an improvement. They will also be able to make adjustments if necessary.
What causes TMJ problems?
There are many potential causes of TMJ disorder, including teeth grinding and clenching, as well as teeth misalignment and trauma from an accident. Bad habits such as posture and excessive gum chewing can also contribute to the condition.
How are neuromuscular problems treated?
Since the objective of neuromuscular dentistry is to correct the bite and realign the jaw, the dentist will determine the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed state of the neck and head muscles. The dentist will proceed to reposition the jaw with innovative procedures to meet the precise measurements.
Who is eligible for neuromuscular dentistry?
Patients need to consider many options before choosing a dental procedure. The dentist will evaluate the patient's condition and discuss the treatment options. Neuromuscular dentistry is an option if there is a case of TMJ disorder or to improve bite alignment.
What are the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry?
Undergoing the treatment can help alleviate pain and discomfort, as well as improve oral health and extend the lifespan of dental restoration. The symptoms of TMJ disorders can make life unbearable, so patients often notice a significant improvement in their quality of life after treatment. Call us at 408-244-0590 to learn more about neuromuscular dentistry and schedule an appointment today.
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