As a neuromuscular dentist, I have advanced training with unique knowledge to treat TMJ issues and bite misalignment that contribute to headaches, migraines, clenching and grinding teeth, and neck and shoulder tension. Additionally, I am able to incorporate this knowledge with esthetic and restorative treatments. This means that your outcome will help prevent these problems from occurring in the future.
The natural structure of the body has a careful balance between the jaws, skull, and neck. Head pain (including migraines, headaches, earaches, neck problems, etc.) is a symptom of a neuromuscular and skeletal imbalance above your shoulders.
Imagine one leg being shorter than the other. Although your gait may not show the disparity, over time, your back, hip and shoulders won’t be able to handle the wear and tear and pain results.
The same is true for a bite misalignment. People don’t always associate headaches with bite alignment, but it creates a domino effect that can add stress and strain to facial muscles, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles.
There are over 300 muscles that attach to the jaws, skull, and neck, with 298 of these muscles involved with closing the lower jaw. Because humans use their lower jaw over 5,000 times a day, misalignment problems cause joint dysfunction, and affect everything else connected to it.
Living without pain should be your expectation, not a struggle to achieve! If headaches or other head and neck pain is a frequent occurrence with no obvious source, call toll free 1-855-9-Smiles for a free consultation. The solution may be a simple oral appliance worn at night or adjustments to the height of certain teeth.