Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry enhances traditional dentistry.  The term neuromuscular dentistry is used to describe the additional consideration of muscles and joint status when evaluating your bite or occlusion.  Occlusion of how your teeth fit together, is affected by several factors - the teeth, the muscles and the temporomandibular joint ( TMJ ).  

If you are suffering from TMJ, a neuromuscular dentist, like Dr Sudikoff, can play an integral role in restoring you to a healthy bite, eliminating painful symptoms.  The causes and symptoms of TMJ disorder ( TMD ) can vary widely.  There is no magic one size fits all cure!  Determining your best bite position is done through analysis of data collected from electromyography, tens and sonography.  We look at how your jaw and muscles are functioning together when you chew, swallow, talk and most importantly rest.  This objective data helps Dr Sudikoff determine the best treatment plan for you.  

Perhaps you are a patient who has no symptoms of TMD.  Many times patients present with a lot of signs of a neuromuscular imbalance but have no symptoms.  Being aware of this imbalance is critical in your overall mouth health.  Our patients are the smartest around!  We love to educate you into understanding the dynamic system of your mouth.  A lot of patients come to our office and leave with a greater understanding of why things feel a certain way.   Understanding your own mouth allows you to make educated decisions in your treatment process.  

Signs and Symptoms of a Neuromuscular imbalance in the bite include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches, including frontal and cluster
  • Migraines
  • Earaches or ringing of the ears
  • Pain in the neck, head or shoulders
  • Rapid wearing of enamel
  • Sensitive teeth, including notching at the gum line and recession
  • Jaw tenderness, Limited mouth opening
  • Tingling of the fingertips
  • Loose teeth, difficulty swallowing
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Jaw pain and or jaw noise, such as clicking or popping