TMD & Airway

Our dentist and team provide neuromuscular dentistry to help our patients align their bites. It is important for your jaw to be in alignment to avoid pain and other dental problems. Call us today at 949-640-5680 to learn more about neuromuscular dentistry in Newport Beach, California, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laura E. Wittenauer.

Neuromuscular dentistry is one area of dentistry that focuses on correcting jaw alignment. We focus on optimizing how the muscles, teeth, bone and jaws work together. These structures must be functioning together properly to achieve optimal oral health. Our dentist and team will closely evaluate you to determine what the optimal jaw positioning is for your specific situation. Correcting jaw misalignment can alleviate pain associated with TMJ disorder and relieve stress from the jaw muscles.

Treatment typically includes an examination of your posture and positioning of your head, neck and jaws. We will focus on aligning the bite. This can be done using an oral appliance like a splint or mouth guard. Our dentist will give instructions on how to use these appliances until the jaw is in proper alignment.

Symptoms you may experience when you jaw alignment is off:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Popping noises when moving the jaw
  • Pain or difficulty chewing
  • Sensitive teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, our dentist may suggest for you to be treated through neuromuscular dentistry. We will find the treatment that is best for you to correct the positioning and alignment of your jaw. Call us if you have any questions!