UNDERSTANDING RELAXED MUSCLES
Individuals who are looking for optimal dental treatment must consider the status of their muscles of the face,jaw,neck and shoulders. Ideal treatment is typical rendered when muscles are not tender or strained and the jaw functions with a stable bite. If the muscles are tense and or strained they can affect the health and condition of the teeth, jaw joints as well as jaw posture. When dental restorative treatment,orthodontics and or TMJ treatment is rendered,especially if the biting surfaces of the teeth are changed or altered while the present chewing muscles are tense and or strained,it is possible that the patient may experience a shift in their bite during and after treatment. Any slight shift or change in jaw position can lead to an increased awareness of the teeth resulting in bite problems, headaches, facial pain, neck pain and shoulder aches.
Working with a dentist who understands and respects these issues is key to optimal care. Patients must recognize that there are various levels of philosophies as well as various level of training among dentists. Those dentist who have training in gnathologic principles as well as neuromuscular principles have been found to be better qualified to address more complex bite problems that relate to TMJ,comprehensive restorative procedures and orthodontics.