Advanced Dental Artistry is one of the few dental practices in Perth able to deliver neuromuscular dentistry.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Many chronically painful conditions such as headache, neck-ache and facial pain can be traced to a defective relationship between the upper a lower jaws. The jaws articulate at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and misalignment provokes a pathological response in the muscles and nerves surrounding the joint. This is often known as “TMJ syndrome”.
Symptoms of TMJ trouble include:
- Bruxism or grinding of teeth
- Neck or shoulder pain and tightness headaches or migraines
- pain behind the eyes
- dizziness or vertigo
- ear congestion
- tingling in fingertips
- ringing in the ears
- postural problems
- clicking of the jaw on opening or closing teeth sensitivity
At Advanced Dental Artistry we use a variety of specialised equipment to detect and measure jaw misalignment. We treat TMJ misalignment with corrective splints worn at night.
As well as diagnosing and correcting misalignment of the jaws and treating TMJ problems, neuromuscular dentistry is a vital component of many successful dental implant restorations. Many older patients who elect to have implant-borne restorations may have been edentulous for many years. As a consequence, they have lost a great deal of the crestal bone that supported the teeth, creating a greater distance between upper and lower jaw than nature intended. In the planning stages of an extensive implant based restoration our knowledge of neuromuscular dentistry enables us to plan the occlusal relationship we want, and then create the prosthetic work needed to transfer the plan accurately to the patient’s mouth.
If you suffer from chronic face, neck and head pain and you think that neuromuscular dentistry might provide a solution, contact Advanced Dental Artistry today for a consultation.