The most common health complaint these days? Pain. And in many cases, chronic pain can be traced to oral conditions. That’s where neuromuscular dentistry (NMD) steps in.
NMD looks at how occlusion – how your teeth come together – may be affecting the function of related structures. Often, it focuses on dysfunction in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) – the hinges on which your jaw opens and closes.
A bite that’s “off” can do more than create stresses that lead to jaw, face, head and neck pain. It may contribute to sleep apnea or other breathing problems. It can alter the posture in ways that contribute to back pain and other systemic health issues.
While a physician might just write a prescription for pain meds and be done with the issue, we have a wide variety of non-drug dental solutions that may provide longer term relief from pain originating from dental conditions. These include a wide array of removable orthotics and splints, as well as orthodontics. The specific device or treatment recommended depends on the particular type of dysfunction or imbalance that needs to be corrected.
One of the newest and most exciting options we offer is DNA appliance therapy. Based on the concepts of Pneumopedics® and Craniofacial Epigenetics, the DNA appliance allows the body to reposition the mandible while gently redeveloping the midface and remodeling the upper airway, while correcting the positions of the teeth into a more natural position. With the jaw and facial structures in a more optimal position, pain of dental origin can become a thing of the past.
To find out whether neuromuscular dentistry might provide some answers and help for your ongoing pain, contact our office today.