Chewing, talking, yawning, and kissing all use a neuromuscular system, so it makes sense that neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the teeth, jaw joints, and facial muscles.
Neuromuscular dentistry promotes the correction of jaw misalignment. Properly aligned facial muscles can improve balance and agility; reduce neck pain, headaches, jaw pain and migraines. Essentially, realigning the jaw joint relieves stress on the jaw muscles and eliminates the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD).
Dr. Telloian of Stillwater Dental Wellness Center is one of the few dentists in the area to practice neuromuscular dentistry, examining the relationship between your facial muscles, your teeth, and your bite. He explains, “If we can relax your muscles, your painful symptoms will go away. If you are an athlete, we will relax your facial muscles and you will see an improvement in your performance.
Stillwater Dental Center uses a computer program to help find a jaw position that creates the desired relaxed muscle state and a balanced system. Then he builds a device that the patient has to wear at night. “I’ve treated dozens of patients over the years, and they usually notice a difference the first night they wear the device. When their bite is corrected, the pain goes away, whether it’s migraine headaches, jaw pain or neck pain,” he said.
Not just for TMJ sufferers, Dr. Telloian also creates neuromuscular sports protectors for athletes who want to improve their game. the flexibility of an athlete, all resulting from the correct alignment of the jaw, which creates relaxed and better performing muscles and joints.”
For more information about neuromuscular dentistry and treatment, contact Stillwater Dental Wellness Center at 360-352-0847.