Owasso Neuromuscular Dentistry
Facial, jaw, and neck pain, chronic migraine headaches, and teeth grinding may be related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Dr. Heng Lim’s training in neuromuscular dentistry will help him identify the cause of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan to give you long-lasting relief.
What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry is a treatment philosophy that determines the jaw’s optimal relaxed position and uses methods to guide the jaw into that position. Jaw realignment strives to alleviate jaw muscle stress, achieve a balanced bite, and relieve TMJ disorder symptoms.
How Do Neuromuscular Dentistry and Traditional Dentistry Differ?
Traditional dentistry focuses on the relationship between your teeth and jawbone. Neuromuscular dentistry evaluates your teeth, jawbone, muscle, nerves, and body posture to identify the underlying causes of your signs and symptoms.
What Are TMJ Disorder Signs and Symptoms?
You may have TMJ disorder if you are experiencing some of these signs or symptoms:
- Earaches or pain around your ears
- Facial pain
- Forward head posture
- Jaw clicking or popping
- Jaw pain, stiffness, or tenderness
- Jaw locking or difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Migraine headaches
- Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Sensitive or sore teeth
- Teeth clenching and grinding
- Tingling in the fingertips
- Vertigo (dizziness)
- Worn teeth
Are Your Symptoms TMJ Related?
Dr. Lim will evaluate your signs and symptoms to determine the causes of your discomfort and whether they are TMJ related. He earned fellowship status from Las Vegas Institute Global, an international dental institution, where he completed neuromuscular dentistry training.
Dr. Lim will take these steps:
- Listen as you describe your symptoms
- Examine your mouth and jaw
- Take a CT scan to examine your jaw joints’ position and condition, and neck compression
- Use electromyography to measure your jaw position and monitor your muscle function
- Use 3-D jaw tracking technology to monitor jaw movements and identify any misalignment
- Use sonography to record jaw joint sounds when you open and close your mouth
What Are Your Treatment Options?
After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Lim will develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health and relieve your symptoms. Treatment recommendations may include:
- Dental crowns
- Night guard
- Tooth recontouring
- Ultra-Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (ULF-TENS)
Request an Evaluation
Neuromuscular dentistry can relieve you of discomfort related to tooth, jaw joint, and muscle position. Request an appointment with Dr. Lim to determine if this treatment is right for you.