Neuromuscular dentistry enhances traditional dentistry. The term neuromuscular dentistry is used to describe the additional consideration of muscles and joint status when evaluating your bite or occlusion. Occlusion of how your teeth fit together, is affected by several factors – the teeth, the muscles and the temporomandibular joint ( TMJ ).

If you are suffering from TMJ, a neuromuscular dentist, like Dr. Escoto & Dr. Mantovani can play an integral role in restoring you to a healthy bite, and eliminating painful symptoms. The causes and symptoms of TMJ disorder ( TMD ) can vary widely. There is no magic one size fits all cure! Determining your best bite position is done through analysis of data collected from electromyography, tens and sonography. We look at how your jaw and muscles are functioning together when you chew, swallow, talk and most importantly rest. This objective data helps Dr. Escoto and Dr. Mantovani determine the best treatment plan for you.

Signs and Symptoms of a Neuromuscular imbalance in the bite include, but are not limited to:

+Headaches, including frontal and cluster
+Migraines
+Earaches or ringing of the ears
+Pain in the neck, head or shoulders
+Rapid wearing of enamel
+Sensitive teeth, including notching at the gum line and recession
+Jaw tenderness, Limited mouth opening
+Tingling of the fingertips
+Loose teeth, difficulty swallowing
+Clenching and grinding
+Jaw pain and or jaw noise, such as clicking or popping

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TMJ the Imposter: Why Your Aches and Pains May Be Related to TMJ

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November is TMJ dysfunction awareness month in the United States. TMJ disorder affects millions of people of all ages, races and genders. TMJ dysfunction is a painful and often disabling disorder that originates from the jaw joint and can affect the health of the entire neuromuscular – skeletal system through the entire body.

Some signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction are:

• Jaw joint noises, clicking and popping

• Headaches

• Sore muscles of the jaw and face

• Limited mouth opening

• Ear congestion (fullness) ringing of the ear

• Dizziness or vertigo

• Facial asymmetry

• Numbness of the hands

• Neck and shoulders pain

• Lower back pain

• Nervousness

• Insomnia

• Posture issues

• Depression

TMJ is a disease that takes many different forms and manifests itself in patients in several different ways. Because of this, TMJ is like an “Imposter,” with the symptoms of TMJ mimicking other diseases many patients are incorrectly diagnosed. If you or anybody you know is experiencing any of these symptoms related to TMJ dysfunction you are not alone. According to The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), TMJ disorders are the second most common pain causing muscle & skeletal condition, about 5 – 12 % of the population is affected by TMJ dysfunction.

Help us create awareness not only locally with in our cities but globally. Let us educate those suffering with the appropriate research, to ultimately help prevent this misdiagnosed dysfunction everywhere.

During the month of November SoBeDentist.com would like to offer anyone that is suffering from this delimiting disorder called TMJ, with a complementary TMJ consultation plus a Sleep Screening in our office.

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  • Oral exam (a $100 value)
  • Dental sleep apnea screening (a $150 value)
  • Bitewing x-rays (a $75 value)
  • Cleaning (a $140 value)

     

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The expertise of SoBeDentist’s Drs. Escoto and Mantovani goes above and beyond cosmetic and general dentistry––for which they are members of several state and national associations––to address sleep apnea and TMJ jaw disorders as well. In addition to relying on them for cleanings, implants, and braces, their patients come to them when they need help screening for sleep apnea or with TMJ symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, ringing of the ears, or head and neck pain. Both pros graduated from New York University’s School of Dentistry, and each has a set of specialties. Dr. Escoto focuses on Neuromuscular dentistry and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Dr. Mantovani specializes in surgery, and has a glimmering list of job and educational experiences that has influenced his career.

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