What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry, also known as physiologic dentistry, is a focus on the alignment of your jaw. A neuromuscular dentist studies your bite to lean how your jaw, teeth, and muscles work together and to identify if a misaligned bite is causing pain and other symptoms throughout your body.

Why See a Dentist over a Physician?

Why should you see a neuromuscular dentist over a physician? This is a common question and people may find a dentist an odd choice. However, a dentist is the best type of doctor to deal with neuromuscular problems because they have the expertise to consider how your teeth play into everything. Many times, missing or worn teeth are a factor as to why your jaw became misaligned.

Your jaw works as a sliding hinge with only your teeth to keep it level. A physician or other doctor doesn’t have the expertise to consider your teeth, jaws, and muscles as a whole. Another benefit of choosing a neuromuscular dentist is that along with eliminating your TMJ pain and symptoms, you’ll receive a beautiful smile!

How Your Jaw Impacts Your Body

Have you ever had a stressful day and realized that you have a headache and a sore jaw? This is likely because you were clenching your teeth. The continuous extra pressure on your jaw muscles caused jaw muscle soreness. Clenching also caused the nerves and tendons in your head to swell causing your headache. This is an everyday example of how your jaw can significantly impact other parts of your body.

Another example is migraine headaches. While not all migraines are caused by a misaligned jaw, it can be a contributing factor for some people. Your 6th cranial nerve runs through your jaw joint. If this nerve is pinched or receiving too much stimulation from strained jaw muscles, it can trigger a migraine.

Yet another example of neuromuscular health impacting your body is through your neck and back. Overworked jaw muscles become sore. Overtime, this soreness moves from your jaw to your neck, shoulders, and back. Your muscles are working so hard to move your jaw back into alignment that the muscles closest to your jaw muscles also become strained.

When people experience chronic pain due to the misalignment of their jaw joint its called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). A Minneapolis neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Bril can help people with TMJ find permanent relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Bril’s Advanced Training and Credentials in Neuromuscular Dentistry

Dr. Kevin Bril is Minneapolis’ premier dentist when it comes to treating neuromuscular issues. He has studied at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and obtained the status of a LVI Fellow. This is a status that only a small number of dentists share because of it’s difficulty and the commitment required. This advanced training has allowed Dr. Bril to treat people with neuromuscular issues such as TMJ disorder. It also offers him a unique perspective which he passes on to you if you’re suffering with sleep apnea. After all, your jaw plays a significant role in sleep apnea as well as TMJ disorder.

Dr. Bril is passionate about helping his patients live healthy lives through his dentistry. Patients may come to Brilliant Dentistry for dental implants and find out that the cause of their chronic headaches and tingly fingers is due to their jaw misalignment. This specialized approach to dentistry puts whole body wellness at the center.

You might see a Neuromuscular Dentist if…

So when should you see a neuromuscular dentist? You might consider seeing Dr. Bril if,

  • You have consistent jaw pain that doesn’t go away with rest.
  • You have migraine headaches that have no apparent trigger.
  • Your jaw clicks or pops when you open and close your mouth.
  • You’ve experienced “lock jaw.”
  • You have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and want to ditch CPAP.
  • You have a severely misaligned bite.

Schedule an appointment with Minneapolis Neuromuscular Dentist, Dr. Kevin Bril

Do you want to eliminate your pain and receive a beautiful smile? Call Dr. Kevin Bril at Brilliant Dentistry or make an appointment online. You’re just one call away from living a healthier life.