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When Should I See a Neuromuscular Dentist | NYC Smile Design | New York

March 3rd, 2021 | 2 min read

By NYC Smile Design

Neuromuscular dentistry remains one of the more specialized and lesser-known fields in dental care, yet it plays a crucial role in addressing complex dental issues that go beyond the scope of traditional dentistry. But how do you know when it’s time to see a neuromuscular dentist? This blog is designed to guide you through the signs and symptoms that indicate a need for neuromuscular dental intervention. We’ll explore the unique approach taken by neuromuscular dentists, like Dr. Elisa Mello and Dr. Ramin Tabib at NYC Smile Design, to diagnose and treat conditions that are not just about teeth, but about the entire jaw system and its impact on overall health and well-being.

What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry is the branch of dentistry focused on the health and alignment of the jaw, its surrounding musculature, and the network of nerves that run throughout it. A neuromuscular dentist is someone who has received post-graduate training in this particular branch of dentistry and is able to address issues such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and restore full comfort and function to the jaw.

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

TMD, sometimes called TMJ, may refer to one of several conditions impacting the function and alignment of the jaw. Most commonly, this is marked by clicking, popping, or grinding noises when biting and chewing, but symptoms of this common disorder may also include:

  • Pain and/or swelling around the jaw joint
  • Pain behind the eyes or in the ears without infection or illness
  • Chronic headaches
  • Generalized facial pain
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  • Postural changes
  • Digestive issues

TMD may result in uneven tooth wear, necessitate expensive restorative services, and even result in tooth loss. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, now is the time to see a neuromuscular dentist for a full evaluation of your jaw and an overview of your treatment options.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Elisa Mello is an experienced, thoughtful, attentive, and effective neuromuscular dentist. A member of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Dr. Mello is committed to continuing education, enabling her to add the most advanced technologies and techniques to our services. 

When you come to us for a neuromuscular evaluation, Dr. Mello will take the time necessary to understand your unique situation before crafting a treatment plan that addresses your actual needs. This enables her to produce remarkable results for individual patients, helping to restore comfort, function, and strength to the jaw while eliminating many of the symptoms associated with TMD.

If you are struggling with any of the symptoms of TMD and would like to schedule a neuromuscular evaluation with Dr. Mello, please call NYC Smile Design at 212-452-3344 or visit our website. Located in Manhattan, we welcome patients from all surrounding areas of New York.