Most of us take it for granted that our jaws meet together correctly, but the positioning of your jaws is very complex and is dictated by your facial muscles and your teeth, and how they come together when you bite or when your jaws are at rest. When jaws don’t meet properly, it can create a problem called TMJ disorder and which is also sometimes called a bad bite or malocclusion. TMJ disorder can be very painful, making it tricky to open and close your mouth comfortably, and it can even cause chronic headaches or earache.
Neuromuscular dentistry is a way of analysing the relationship between your upper and lower jaw and uses treatments to relieve facial pain. An advanced technology called electromyography may be used to track your jaw muscle movements, using electrical impulses. Sonography is a procedure that measures the vibrations in your jaw when you open and close it and which can identify problems with the jaw joint function. Other simpler treatments for TMJ disorder include night splints that fit over your teeth, placing your jaws in a more restful position during sleep.