Do you wake up most mornings with a throbbing headache or stiff jaw? If so, you may be living with a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or a misaligned jaw. At M.Y. Dental Spa in Midtown West, New York City, Mimi Yeung, DDS, proudly offers neuromuscular dentistry to patients suffering from this common problem. If you want to live a healthier, pain-free life, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.
Neuromuscular dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on diagnosing and correcting the malalignment of the jaw at your temporomandibular joint. By addressing common jaw problems, neuromuscular dentistry eliminates pain and helps you achieve a more balanced bite.
During a neuromuscular dentistry appointment, Dr. Yeung performs a physical exam and uses a series of computerized measurements to determine the extent of your problem and to establish an optimal rest position for your jaw. Some of the procedures Dr. Yeung uses to achieve these goals include:
Sonography is a diagnostic procedure that measures the vibrations of your jaw joint when you open and close your mouth. Performed by an expert dentist like Dr. Yeung, sonography can pinpoint issues with the joints in your jaw.
During electromyography, Dr. Yeung carefully attaches a series of electrodes to your jaw muscles. The electrodes pick up small electrical impulses and feed them back to a recording device. The machine measures the electrical activity of your jaw and muscles during activities like biting and chewing.
Jaw tracking is a cutting-edge procedure that analyzes your jaw movements in three dimensions. During jaw tracking, Dr. Yeung asks you to wear a special headset. She also attaches a magnet to your lower front teeth. Combined, the magnet and headset record the movement of your lower jaw.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS involves Dr. Yeung using ultra-low frequency electrical waves to stimulate the muscles in your jaw. This process relieves pain and muscle spasms while helping you establish a healthier jaw position.
Anyone who suffers from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or teeth grinding can benefit from neuromuscular dentistry. You might also benefit from neuromuscular dentistry if you regularly clench your teeth during sleep.
To determine the type of neuromuscular dentistry you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with Dr. Yeung at M.Y. Dental Spa. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Yeung develops a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
Don’t let jaw pain prevent you from living your best life. Make an appointment at M.Y. Dental Spa today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.