Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on how your muscles, joints, and teeth all come together. If you have any issues with your bite or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), you may wish to see a neuromuscular dentist. At Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Sanjay Patel is an expert at neuromuscular dentistry and believes it to be the foundation of great dental care.
Who Needs Neuromuscular Dentistry?
In a way, everyone can benefit from neuromuscular dentistry. After all, every one of us has muscles and joints in our jaws. However, those that see the most benefits are those who are currently suffering from pain or discomfort in the head, neck, and jaw areas. These can manifest in a variety of ways including migraines, fibromyalgia, and TMJ disorder (TMD). If other treatments haven’t provided relief, it’s probably time to see a neuromuscular dentist.
How Does Neuromuscular Dentistry Work?
When you make an appointment to visit a neuromuscular dentist, the first session will be used to run some exams. This can include X-rays to see what the bones in your jaw are doing that might be causing your pain. It can also include a manual exam by the dentist where he looks inside your mouth and asks you to bite down and then re-open your mouth repeatedly. He does this to see how your teeth align when you bite to see if there are any obvious issues.
Once the problem has been identified, the dentist will develop a treatment plan. This may include TMJ treatment exercises to do at home, electric shock therapy, or surgery in extreme cases. All procedures and their benefits will be discussed with you before any treatment is given. We want to make sure you fully understand your options and choose what’s best for you and your lifestyle.
What are the Results?
The biggest benefit of neuromuscular dentistry is that those who undergo this more specialized treatment often report that they feel less or no pain. Since that’s why most people make an appointment to see a neuromuscular dentist in the first place, that’s a huge win for everyone! This can mean they see a reduction or complete elimination of migraines or headaches, no more jaw pain when chewing or speaking, and no more clicking or popping in the jaw. With proper alignment of the upper and lower teeth, patients will no longer accidentally bite their lips and cheeks frequently. They also say that they sleep better at night and wake up feeling more refreshed than they are used to! That benefit alone can lead to a much better lifestyle for our neuromuscular dentistry patients!
Schedule Your Appointment with a Neuromuscular Dentist Today!
To see what a neuromuscular dentist can do for you, please call Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry today! You can reach us at 770-578-1331 or send a message online. Dr. Patel will be happy to meet with you and discuss your current concerns over your dental health in order to find the best treatment options for you. You don’t have to live with pain any more!