Why See a Neuromuscular Dentist?

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: December 12, 2013
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Pain extending from the mouth into the rest of the face and head can be debilitating. Salt Lake City neuromuscular dentist Dr. Keith Warr can examine your jaw and develop solutions to ease pain and correct dental issues.

Neuromuscular dentists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the temoporomandibular joint (TMJ or TMD), the joint connecting the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. If this joint is displaced, it can lead to severe pain in multiple parts of the face, neck and shoulders.

TMJ symptoms can be confused with other disorders, so it’s important to visit an experienced neuromuscular dentist capable of distinguishing TMJ from other conditions. To check for TMJ, Dr. Warr will conduct a variety of tests, such as:

  • Closely examining your jaw for limited motion, misaligned bite and clicking or grating sounds
  • Gauging your facial muscle function during common activities like chewing, talking and opening and closing the mouth
  • Scan your jaw and teeth with imaging technology like X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computer tomography (CT); these scans will provide Dr. Warr an inside view of bone and soft tissue

After conducting an exam, Dr. Warr can begin discussing treatment options for TMJ customized for the unique specifics of your dental needs.

If you’re experiencing jaw pain and think a Salt Lake City neuromuscular dentist might be able to help you with diagnosis and treatment options, please contact Warr Dental or call 801-216-3713 today to schedule your initial appointment.