It is estimated that 45 million Americans suffer from frequent headaches, neck or shoulder pain at some point in their lives. For some, taking pain medication is enough, however for many others the pain is so severe that they struggle just to get through the day.
Many will either assume its due to a stressful job/life or its a result of getting older. Others will go from doctor to doctor searching for a cure. While prescription medicine sometimes provides the necessary temporary relief, it often only addresses the symptoms and not the underlying cause.
Leading medical and dental research has shown that misalignment of the jaw is the potential cause of severe headaches and neck and shoulder pain, among other serious health issues. Many people are walking around with old dental work that is compromising their oral health. Many others have worn their teeth to the point that their bite is causing symptoms of TMJ problems, such as headaches, muscle pain, and dizziness.
Do you have any of
Headaches or migraines
Stiffness or soreness in the neck, shoulders and back
Tingling of the fingertips
Clenching or grinding
Ringing in the ears
Limited mouth opening
Many individuals do not realize that the above mentioned symptoms could be related to misalignment of the jaw. Neuromuscular dentistry treats the causes and symptoms in a non-invasive way without the use of medication or surgery.
As we use our teeth they wear and shorten. At complete rest, the teeth are separated by a certain amount (freeway space). Now, imagine since you have worn or shorter teeth your freeway space is larger and the muscles have to contract more to get the teeth to make contact. The muscles do not like this and compensate by staying contracted, which can cause spasms and pain.
The answer could be neuromuscular dentistry. The advantage is to be able to improve ones smile and health and eliminate pain, in most cases.
A neuromuscular dentist can determine the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles, and then reposition the jaw to achieve those exact measurements. This combines artistic talent, extensive training, experience, dedication to excellence, and advanced dental technology to create a perfect and harmonious smile.
Malocclusion is relatively easy to correct. Treatment options include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics, or restoring the teeth to their correct position.
So, next time you reach for that medication, think of what it would be like to be pain free. Call a neuromuscular dentist for a comprehensive exam and see how your quality of life can be improved and pain free.