What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Dentists Serving Patients in South Boston, Braintree, Quincy & Nearby Areas of Massachusetts

Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the muscles, bones, and joints throughout your face, with a particular focus on your temporomandibular or jaw joint. The temporomandibular joint is formed by the temporal bone and the mandible. In between these bones is an articulate disc which divides the joint in two, allowing it to be rotational, or capable of moving in all directions. When this joint becomes damaged or the disc starts to erode, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) occurs.

Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the detection and treatment of this common disorder. Find out about our treatment options for jaw pain, headaches and more by calling Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics at 781-843-7905 today.

Detecting TMJ

TMJ is often detected during your regularly scheduled examinations. Visiting our office every six months for cleanings and exams allows our Boston neuromuscular dentists to also check the alignment of your jaw joint. When TMJ is detected early on, it is often possible to treat TMJ before serious problems occur.

TMJ may also become apparent in between visits. Commonly, TMJ produces symptoms such as clicking or popping in the jaw. It may also cause tenderness or pain around your jaw joint, as well as limited jaw mobility. These symptoms should prompt a call to our office for a TMJ evaluation.

Other symptoms of TMJ may include headaches, neck and backaches, ear pain, and pressure behind the eyes. Because these symptoms may also point to other systemic or dental issues, it is important to have a neuromuscular dentist check for TMJ when they become present. Only a dentist trained in neuromuscular dentistry can perform the necessary diagnostics to determine if TMJ is the root cause of your symptoms. Once detected, TMJ treatments can be customized to eliminate your symptoms and restore alignment and comfort to your jaw.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ disorder and live in the areas of Boston, Braintree, or Massachusetts’ South Shore, please contact Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics by calling 781-843-7905 to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists today.