Gneuromuscular Dentistry from the Dentist in Angier
A healthy smile is more than just clean teeth and gums -- it’s one where your jaw and all supporting oral structures work in harmony. If your jaw is out of alignment, you may experience discomfort and also have trouble opening and closing your mouth. Even eating and speaking may be difficult with TMJ issues. Your comprehensive dentist in Angier, Dr. Brenda Gong, provides gneuromuscular (GNM) dentistry to help you enjoy total oral health. Learn more about GNM dentistry below, then schedule an appointment for complete care at Accent Family Dentistry!
Why Do Jaw Problems Occur?
A number of things can throw off the alignment of your jaw joint, or the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). An injury like a blow to the face or repeated stress from nighttime teeth grinding can cause jaw problems. More commonly, misaligned teeth (like an overbite, underbite, or open bite) result in TMJ discomfort over time. The condition is more common in older people, and women are slightly more likely to experience issues with the TMJ.
Solving issues with the TMJ takes a holistic approach, and your gneuromuscular dentist at Accent Family Dentistry is especially equipped to provide the help you need.
How GNM Dentistry Helps Jaw Pain
Gneuromuscular dentistry is a blend of traditional bite management -- which we call gnathology -- with neuromuscular dentistry. A general dentist focuses on your teeth, gums, and bones. That is enough for most of your smile needs, but if you experience a clicking, popping, aching jaw and frequent headaches or migraines, you need a more comprehensive vision to find relief at long last.
A gneuromuscular dentist approaches your oral health considering all of the hard and soft tissues in your mouth, how your teeth line up, as well as the supporting muscles, nerves, and joints. The goal of GNM is to achieve total harmony in your oral structures, eliminating TMJ discomfort and allowing your jaw to function properly.
Some common treatments used in GNM dentistry include:
- TENS unit to soothe pain related to TMJ issues
- Orthotic device to stabilize the bite before adjusting it
- Coronoplasty to fix the bite by reshaping the tooth enamel
- Restorations like crowns or inlays/onlays to improve bite alignment
- Orthodontics to reposition healthy teeth
Do You Need GNM Dentistry?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ/TMD, you could benefit from GNM in Angier.
Signs it is time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gong include:
- A clicking, popping, aching jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing the jaw
- Facial, neck, or ear pain
- Misaligned teeth
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Lock jaw sensation
- Nighttime teeth grinding
- Increasingly sensitive teeth
Talk to Us Today!
Are you experiencing chronic jaw pain? It’s time for you to seek a specialist’s help. GNM dentistry can provide the relief you need! Request an appointment with Dr. Gong today.