When people come to us for a visit, it's usually for the traditional services - cleaning, teeth pulling, cavities, dentures, fixing broken teeth. However, there is another field of dentistry that sometimes has little to do with having a better smile - it's called neuromuscular dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on severe jaw misalignment problems and how they affect your teeth, nerves and muscles. Specifically, these problems stem from TMD - Temporomandibular joint disorder - which also goes by the name TMJ syndrome.
Your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull. This can become inflamed or misaligned for a variety of reasons, and can be exacerbated by such activities as nail biting, sleeping on your stomach, eating large-sized bites of food, and excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Most symptoms of TMJ occur in the facial area, but they can also be associated with other health problems. These symptoms include:
Ringing sound in ears
Pain in shoulder, back, neck, or behind the eyes
Problems with head posture
At David R. Koepsel DDS PA, we offer personalized treatments for TMJ syndrome and can help realign your jaws and alleviate pains caused by TMJ. Our skilled team are all neuromuscular dental professionals who are here to help you restore your jaws and keep your smile comfortable.