Highland Park / University Park Neuromuscular Dentistry
Neuromuscular dentistry differs from traditional dentistry as it focuses on the hard and soft tissues, and muscles and nerves of the mouth and jaw.
As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Ted Smith works with the relationship between these different parts of the mouth, especially as they relate to the muscles of the jaw. A misaligned jaw can cause issues with both the hard and soft tissues, causing headaches, jaw pain, shoulder and neck pain, ringing in the ears, or popping of the jaw.
Dr. Ted Smith will evaluate your temporomandibular system, including exploring parafunctional habits, like grinding and clenching, and teeth evaluations and relationships, and the joints and muscles that affect control bite. By looking beyond the teeth into the muscles and joints in the mouth and jaw area, we are better able to assess your bite and patient force factors. This results in better outcomes for many dental procedures, such as implants and dentures.