St. Louis, Missouri
Neuromuscular dentistry is the most advanced form of dentistry available. It addresses the jaw joints and their nerves and muscles, along with the teeth and gums, as an entire system. Traditional dentistry focuses only on the teeth and gums. A neuromuscular dentist understands that the entire system must work in harmony to function properly. The result is dental work which is comfortable and long lasting and which does not cause future damage to your teeth and jaws.
Traditional dentistry solves your immediate and obvious dental problems, but can leave important underlying elements unaddressed. It can even make them worse, or cause serious problems. A neuromuscular dentist like neuromuscular dentist Dr. Quigless regards your dental health and dental beauty as part of the same picture, and always has one in mind when working on the other.
"In February of 2008, I came to Dr. Quigless' office desperate to find help with my jaw pain and migraines. At that time, I was on the following medications:
- Zomig 5 mg - as needed but I had to take this medication BEFORE my migraine started. Each prescription consisted of 5 pills and they had to last 1 month.
- Daily medication to reduce the number of migraines.
- Lisinopril - Blood pressure medication.
I was getting a migraine at least once a week and each migraine would last two days. Along with my headache, I suffered from dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. My employer and my husband were tired of my inability to function. My migraines became so severe I would use up all of my Zomig in less than 1 month. It would take me about 2 weeks to go through my 1 month supply. My PCM recommended that I start another medication which I would take daily in order to lessen the severity of my migraines. After starting this new medication I noticed my migraines becoming less severe.
With my migraines under control, I decided to fix another health issue which concerned me. For over 15 years, I have suffered from TMJ. I searched for a "cure" but I was told the only solution for me was surgery. That wasn't a step I was willing to take. My TMJ was getting worse; my jaw was locking shut and my grinding was causing major damage to my teeth.
Out of desperation I came to Dr. Quigless with the hope of fixing at least one of my medical problems. After going through the initial examination, I left his office with renewed hope! Dr. Quigless told me that if I got the orthotic I would have a 95% chance of relieving most of my symptoms. But he said he would ONLY treat me if I combined his treatment with chiropractic care. I was a skeptic but agreed.
About a month later, I had my new orthotic and I was ready to start chiropractic treatment. It took about two months for all of my symptoms to disappear. I came off my migraine medication and blood pressure medication. It has been a year now and I am still symptom free. I will have flare-ups when I do not visit my chiropractor as instructed by Dr. Quigless. I haven't felt this healthy in years and I thank Dr. Quigless for that. I highly recommend his services to all of my friends and co-workers and would gladly speak to anyone reading this testimonial!"
The most life-changing aspect of neuromuscular dentistry is treatment of the painful condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD or TMJ). TMD can cause severe, chronic pain throughout the head, face, neck and shoulders. If you have been suffering from headaches which have not responded to medical treatments or medications, perhaps they have a dental cause. There are other symptoms too. Please see our pages on TMJ Diagnosis, TMJ Treatment, TMJ Questions, TMJ & TENS, and TMJ and Headaches.
Read about How Jaw Joint Misalignment Affects the Head, Face and Body.
Find out about Neck Pain and TMD.
Neuromuscular dentistry and cosmetic solutions
One of the important parts of your dental health is your bite – your occlusion. That is the way your upper and lower teeth come together. If the jaw joints are misaligned, the lower jaw cannot bring move easily – your bite is misaligned, which is called malocclusion. The jaw muscles become tense trying to close the mouth without bumping or rubbing teeth. Most people with this condition are not aware that they have it, since they have become so used to it and don’t realize it could be diagnosed and treated.
Restorations created by a neuromuscular dentist, such as Dr. Quigless, work together properly with the opposing teeth so they last longer and do not cause tooth damage. Subtle errors in traditional dental work can slowly cause the development of TMD and other dental damage such as chipped or broken teeth. Neuromuscular dentistry can prevent these, creating a healthy, long-lasting solution instead of a long-term dental problem.
Dr. Quigless has studied extensively at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the premier school for both cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry. He also participates in continuing studies at the Institute.
Experience the advantages of neuromuscular dentistry for yourself. Please contact our neuromuscular dentistry today to schedule your free initial neuromuscular dentistry consultation in St. Louis, Missouri. We look forward to meeting you.
8083 Manchester Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63144