Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the proper alignment of your jawbone in relation to your teeth and facial muscles. While traditional dentistry mainly evaluates your teeth, bones, and gums, neuromuscular dentistry works with the muscles, nerves, hard tissues, and soft tissues. By analyzing how each of these works with the others, a neuromuscular dentist can place your jaw into its ideal position.
If your jaw is misaligned, the hard and soft tissues are strained, resulting in a number of problems such as:
- Jaw pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw joint
With many cases, these symptoms are the result of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), an imbalance in your jaw-to-skull relationship that is caused by a bad bite.