If you woke up with a headache again this morning, you weren’t alone. Millions of people spend their sleeping hours grinding their teeth. Most attribute it to stress. Most are wrong. Nocturnal grinding is a common symptom of malocclusion – a misaligned bite; a condition that leads to symptoms that range from annoying to painful. But the problem is easily diagnosed and corrected with neuromuscular dentistry.
What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry is a nonsurgical discipline used to diagnose and treat malocclusion through the gentle repositioning of the jaw, alleviating years of pain and discomfort and enhancing the appearance of the smile.
TMJ Signs & Symptoms
When the bite is off (malocclusion), many problems can occur. The most common is TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome), a condition that causes pain and soreness in the jaw. But malocclusion also causes many other symptoms that make diagnosis for most health professionals difficult, including:
- TMJ pain
- Clicking and popping in the jaw joints when eating or talking
- Headaches or migraines
- Sinus problems
- Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
- Unexplained loose teeth
- Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
- Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
- Pain in teeth that seems to move around
- Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders and back, sometimes radiating down your arm to your fingers
- Vertigo (dizziness)
- Congestion or stuffiness of the ears, or subjective hearing loss
If you have questions about neuromuscular treatment or TMJ therapy, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Esler, call (806) 576-3076 today. Esler Dental Group serves patients from Amarillo, Borger, Dalhart, and nearby communities in Texas.