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Chronic Jaw Pain? How Your Dentist Can Help

August 14, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — tntadmin @ 1:49 pm

woman with jaw painOuch! It’s an early morning, and you were about to let out a nice, large yawn on your way to work when your jaw suddenly and painfully popped. Now, you’re sitting in traffic afraid to move it. You’ve been noticing that your jaw has been doing this more lately, and it just seems to be more tender and sore all the time. You can’t seem to fix the problem yourself, so who should you see for treatment? If you’ve been experiencing pain and stiffness in your jaw, it’s your local gneuromuscular dentist that can help you find both the answers and relief you need.

Wait, What is a Gneuromu…

Were you going to say “gneuromuscular dentist”? This is a term many people aren’t familiar with, so before moving on, we’re going to explain what this special dental discipline entails, and why it may be exactly what you need.

Gneuromuscular dentistry combines two different fields of study: gnathology and neuromuscular dentistry. Gnathology, in addition to being a joy to spell, is the study of the masticatory system, or in more basic terms, the parts of the body that are needed to chew. Neuromuscular dentistry, on the other hand, deals with how the teeth, jaw, head, and neck all work in harmony. Using gneuromuscular dentistry, a dentist will be able to better understand and determine the root cause of a person’s jaw pain, as well as comprehend how this could affect the other parts of the body.

For example, if a person is having issues with their TMJ (temporomandibular joint, or jaw joints), this can cause the teeth to come together incorrectly, making them rub up against each other and wear down. This can also lead to tension in the jaw muscles and neck, which can then cause the muscles in the head and shoulders to experience pain as well. Basically, a problem with your bite can easily lead to a wide array of issues, and in order to properly diagnose and treat this kind of problem, a dentist needs to be familiar with all of these connections, which is the basis of gneuromuscular dentistry.

Why You Might Need to See a Gneuromuscular Dentist

Gneuromuscular dentistry is able to address a wide variety of problems concerning the teeth, jaw, head, and neck. You may need to contact a gneuromuscular dentist for treatment if you experience:

  • A clicking, popping, or aching jaw
  • Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
  • Face, neck, head, ear, or shoulder pain
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • A jaw that “locks up” when moving
  • Nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Increased teeth sensitivity

When you go to see a gneuromuscular dentist, they’ll use a variety of tools and techniques to discover the source of your problem, and then they can apply effective, non-invasive treatments to provide relief. In most cases, the solution to these problems only involves wearing a small mouthpiece to bed or slightly reshaping the teeth.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we listed above, please don’t hesitate to seek out a gneuromuscular dentist in your area for help. Living with chronic pain is simply no way to go through life, and with their expertise, they’ll make sure you don’t have to.

About the Author

Dr. Brenda Gong is a gneuromuscular dentist based in Angier, NC. She currently practices at Accent Family Dentistry, and she can be reached through her website or by phone at (919) 639-3911.

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