Neuromuscular Dentistry in Beachwood, OH
We provide neuromuscular dentistry at The Center for Advanced Dentistry.
You might wonder what muscles have to do with dentistry. How your teeth fit together (occlusion) affects the muscles of your upper body. The muscles controlling your jaw are programmed by the brain to go where the teeth fit most comfortably. When these chewing muscles shorten and tighten, they become fatigued and do not work as efficiently as they should, which means that the other muscles in the neck, head, and shoulders have to assist with these functions. This imbalance brings the head forward and stresses the neck.
At the same time, your jaw joints, or TMJ, may get out of sync. If the TMJs don’t work properly, the associated nerves and muscles are put under extra pressure. Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction may include:
- Limited movement
- Ear congestion
- Dizziness and ringing in the ears
- Neck pain or restriction of motion
- Clenching and grinding of teeth
- Wear of anterior teeth (upper and lower)
- Scalloped borders of the tongue.
To relieve your TMJ symptoms, our neuromuscular dentistry team will first evaluate the mobility and function of your jaw, head, and neck by taking measurements and assessing the muscles in the area. After we complete a thorough medical history, Dr. Hornstein will review treatment options. Non-surgical therapy may involve wearing an orthotic device, undergoing neuromuscular massages, the use of a TENS unit to provide symptomatic relief of the pain and headaches, and possibly a referral to other medical and dental specialists, if needed.
Please call The Center for Advanced Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Hornstein sees patients from Beachwood, Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Solon, Pepper Pike, and other cities in Ohio. If this is your initial visit to our office, please take a moment to review the information listed on our new patient page.