While General Dentistry involves the maintenance of the teeth and gums, Neuromuscular Dentistry focuses on improving the mobility of the jaw with a concentration on the muscles and nerves surrounding the teeth. Since every part of the human anatomy is connected, there are numerous nerves and muscles that can be impaired by jaw misalignment.
Even though only a small joint is the source of the problem, some people experience symptoms as devastatingly extreme as vertigo, insomnia, or even severe neck and shoulder pain. Neuromuscular Dentistry helps assess and analyze the connection between the temporomandibular joint and the pain spots, or the areas where noticeable symptoms of TMJ & TMD appear. Neuromuscular Dentists like Dr. Sid Solomon analyze this connection by professional observation and assessment of neuron patterns and nerve fiber signals sent by muscles relative to the jaw and teeth position. The central nervous system is responsible for receiving and sending these signals to the brain.