The mechanics of the jaw position is a bit complex. How the teeth come together in function and at rest is determined by the facial muscles, the teeth, and the dynamic and static occlusion. Neuromuscular dentistry is dedicated to realigning the jaw to relieve temporomandibular disorders, jaw pain and fix a bad bite. We offer this at our Emerald, Middlemount and Dysart clinics.
What effects jaw positioning?
The positioning and movement of your jaw when chewing and talking are complex. The function and path of your jaw being are determined by a range of factors including facial musculature, teeth shape, and positioning, static and dynamic occlusion amongst a few others. Furthermore, an individual’s bite can change over time with age and throughout development from childhood to adulthood and into their golden years.
What causes jaw pain?
Jaw pain can be an irritating and painful symptom lead on by one (or multiple) of several causes:
- Grinding your teeth
- Clenching your jaw due to stress or anxiety
- Physical trauma to the jaw joint
- Cracking or clicking of the jaw
- Gradual jaw misalignment over a number of years
How to fix jaw pain & misalignment
Treatment is targeted towards the correction of misalignment of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint, which relieves pressure and pain, such as that associated with temporomandibular disorders (TMD and TMJ) as well as remedying “malocclusion” (bad bite).
Treatments vary from case to case and may involve the use of computerized instruments to measure and assess the movement of your jaw and associated musculature. This information can help your dentist to determine the severity of your jaw misalignment as well as in establishing the optimal “rest” position for your jaw. Computerized analysis might also be utilized to diagnose the source of jaw pain.
Neuromuscular dentistry in Emerald or surrounds
At Serenity dental, our dentists are specially trained in neuromuscular dentistry. If you are suffering from a chronic temporomandibular disorder, you should schedule a visit to your dentist and they will prescribe the best course of action to obtain relief. Neuromuscular Dentistry is available at any of Serenity Dental CQ’s three dental clinics – at Emerald, Middlemount and Dysart.
While Serenity Dental CQ is a Bupa preferred dentist and also a preferred provider for HCF, Medibank, Westfund and CBHS, all health funds are accepted with Hicaps used to process claims for you at the time of your appointment. Interest-free dental payment plans are also available.