Neuromuscular Dentistry

Do you suffer from migraine headaches or sore muscles? Popping or clicking of the jaw? Ringing of the ears or vertigo? Did you know Dr. Nelson can help you find permanent relief? Through his training and expertise in neuromuscular dentistry, Pasadena patients are able to enjoy life again!

Neuromuscular dentists look at more than just your teeth. They understand the bite and chewing system; how the jaws, teeth, muscles, and nerves all work together. Dr. Nelson helps by working with the complex system of hard and soft tissues in the mouth, so you can live your life with lasting comfort.

Bruxism, or the continual grinding and gnashing of the teeth, is not only a symptom of psychological distress, it leads to destruction of the teeth and often includes headache or jaw pain.

Jaw alignment disorders are very common. Sometimes they can be resolved simply. Other times they may be very complex and require lenghty treatment modalities.

Schedule your complimentary neuromuscular consultation with Dr. Nelson today!

TMJ Treatment in Los Angeles

If you don’t have a comfortable rest position where your jaw can rest and your jaw muscles can relax, it can provoke muscles spasms, strain, and can lead to headaches or other pain. These problems are lumped into “TMJ” disorders or “TMD.” TMJ is an abbreviation for “temporo-mandibular joint,” which is the jaw joint. TMD is “temporo-mandibular dysfunction.” Both TMJ and TMD are part of a group of symptoms referred to as MPD (myofascial pain dysfunction) and craniomandibular dysfunction.

The temporo-mandibular joint is the most complex joint in the body. The lower jaw can not only open on a hinge, but it can slide forward and side-to-side. And since there is a relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles, and head posture, a problem in any one of these areas may affect the others. Here is a list of symptoms of dysfunction of this joint:

  • Clicking, popping, grating sounds in the ear or joint
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joint
  • Limited opening of the mouth
  • Locked jaw
  • Headaches
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Facial pain especially in the temples around the eyes
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
  • Sensitive and sore teeth
  • Unexplained loose teeth
  • Worn chipping or cracked teeth
  • Cracking, chipping or breaking dental restorations
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Ear congestion or stuffiness
  • Numbness, tingling in the fingers or arms
  • Chewing Discomfort
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Poor Posture

In a consultation, Dr. Nelson will take a medical and dental history and do an examination of your teeth. He may conduct tests with high tech electronic instruments. This will help indicate whether your bite is a major contributing factor to your problem.

Don’t live your life in pain! Get the relief you deserve with expert neuromuscular dentistry in Pasadena by Dr. Nelson.

Dustin Nelson DDS provides a wide range of dental services including neuromuscular dentistry in Pasadena CA for Los Angeles, Arcadia and the San Gabriel Valley.