Neuromuscular Dentistry with Our Triad Team
Caring for Your Jaw & Bite
A complete, healthy smile consists of more than just beautiful teeth. A smile is formed when the muscles, bones, teeth, and nerves are all working together. With a close relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles, a problem in any one of these areas may affect others, signifying the need to realign the jaw or fix a bad bite.
Neuromuscular dentistry requires completion of advanced training on how to align the bite and help create harmony between the muscles, nerves, and teeth. Dr. Whaley has received her neuromuscular dentistry training through the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.
She is one of the very few dentists in the Triad to seek out and obtain neuromuscular dental training and has helped reduce an excessive amount of discomfort for our patients. When you schedule your consultation with Dr. Whaley, she’ll walk you through the process and carefully examine your case to confidently confirm that repositioning your jaw or bite is the right treatment.
Reasons for Neuromuscular Dentistry
Some common signs and symptoms that you may need neuromuscular care include:
- Worn dentition (shortened teeth)
- Clenching or grinding
- Chewing difficulties
- Neck, back & shoulder pain
- Numbness in fingers and arms
- Nasal congestion
- Ringing or stuffiness of the ears
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
- Pain in teeth that seems to move around
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Clicking and popping sounds in the jaw joint
Properly Diagnosing Your Problem
At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Whaley guarantees a safe and effective treatment plan by using the best technology and techniques to properly diagnose your specific problem. Depending on your case, she may use a variety of tests to find the cause of your jaw pain, such as:
- Sonography: Vibrations used to identify where the joint in the jaw isn’t properly functioning when it opens and closes.
- Electromyography: Electric impulses that track your jaw muscle movements.
- Jaw tracking: Analyzes the lower jaw with magnets that identify abnormalities.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): Ultra-low frequency electrical stimulation of the muscles to relieve muscle spasms and pain.
Treatments for TMD and MPD
The symptoms above are often an indication of either temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or myofascial pain dysfunctions (MPD). Neuromuscular dentistry works to relieve the pain caused by one of these conditions as we work to place the jaw into its optimal position.
After analyzing your bite, Dr. Whaley can treat your jaw problem with the use of a myomonitor and by creating a small removable mouthpiece called an orthotic. This is a customized, acrylic device that’s generally worn all day on the lower jaw. The orthotic works to reposition the jaw and correct its neuromuscular position so it can reduce pain and align your bite.
Find the Relief You Need at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry
Triad Cosmetic Dentistry can work with you to reveal the reasons for your discomfort and get you on track to a healthy smile and fully-functioning jaw. We want your smile to be a reason for your confidence, not discomfort. Contact us today to learn more about how our TMJ and neuromuscular dentistry treatments can get you on your way to a pain-free, beautiful smile.