Many people experience headaches and muscle pain in their neck and shoulders.
What they often don’t realise is that the main cause of headaches is in fact related to night time grinding and clenching of their teeth.
At Sensational Smiles Dental Clinic we offer a number of different appliance designs that may be used to treat most headaches and muscle pain.
Neuromuscular dentistry may also be used to address chronic head and neck pain.
Neuromuscular dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry focusing on achieving relaxed jaw muscles resulting in a relaxed physiologic bite.
If your teeth and jaw are misaligned, it can force the muscles in your head and neck to overwork because they are constantly contracted.
This may lead to symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) such as severe discomfort, pain, general stress, headaches/migraines, sensitive teeth, neck and shoulder pain, clicking/popping of jaw joints and clenching/bruxing of your teeth.
Neuromuscular dentistry is used to determine a proper resting jaw position that relaxes your facial, head and neck muscles to protect your teeth and jaw joints from further damage.
Many times, patients who experience chronic headaches or migraine headaches, or other TMD symptoms, simply suffer through them or take pain relievers, without fixing the root of their problem.
The pain could be dental in origin due to TMD and may be effectively treated through neuromuscular dentistry.