Neuromuscular Dentist

Neuromuscular Dentist in New Orleans and Metairie, LA

Neuromuscular treatments are designed to permanently realign the jaw, correct malocclusions, and alleviate the symptoms of TMD. Dr. Todd Canatella at Canatella Dental specializes in care. Contact us or schedule an appointment online! We have convenient locations to serve you in New Orleans LA and Metairie LA!

Neuromuscular Dentist Near Me in New Orleans, LA and Metairie, LA
Neuromuscular Dentist Near Me in New Orleans, LA and Metairie, LA

Table of Contents:

What does a neuromuscular dentist do?
What are common neuromuscular disorders?
What are the symptoms of neuromuscular disability?
How do I know if I have neuromuscular disorders?

Neuromuscular diseases are nerve and muscle problems that affect the function of your muscles throughout your body. There are many muscles and nerves in your face and in close proximity to your mouth, which could directly affect the functioning of your jaw and related muscles. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses primarily on jaw misalignment and must be knowledgeable of all relevant muscles and nerves to sufficiently provide care. Our neuromuscular systems are what allow our muscles and neurons to communicate and function properly as they work very closely together.

What does a neuromuscular dentist do?

Neuromuscular dentists work not only with the teeth and gums, but also specialize in how the physiology of the entire mouth works together as a system. They take care of the health of the teeth and gums with how they work with the jaw joints and facial muscles to open and close your mouth. Neuromuscular dentists focus primarily on the alignment of the jaw, which can be heavily affected by the placement of teeth and how they grow to fit together in a patient’s mouth. Jaw realignment often is done through cosmetic dental restoration, tooth equilibration, or orthodontics.

What are common neuromuscular disorders?

Neuromuscular disorders are problems with the nerves and muscles that affect the function of muscles. There are quite a few neuromuscular disorders that exist, but a few common disorders include congenital myasthenic syndromes, cramp-fasciculation syndrome, botulism, congenital myopathies, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), inclusion-body myositis, elevated creatine kinase, and Lambert-Eaton syndrome. Neuromuscular disorders are a mix of inherited disorders, autoimmune disorders, and hormonal disorders. As there are so many of them, there are also many different causes or reasons why they may develop in a patient of any age.
 
Neuromuscular disorders can affect dental health, affecting the soft tissues within the mouth, and potentially causing teeth to move around. Some neuromuscular disorders affect the functioning of facial muscles, which can make proper dental hygiene much more difficult.

What are the symptoms of neuromuscular disability?

Some symptoms that may develop indicating a neuromuscular disability are muscle weakness (leading to muscle twitching, cramps, aches, and pains) or muscle loss, issues with mobility, troubles with balance or swallowing, droopy eyelids, vision doubling, or numbness, tingling, or painful sensations. Most symptoms are due to muscles not functioning properly which can make them weaker, cramp, feel stiff, or potentially after a while cause joint or skeletal deformities. Over time, neuromuscular disorders can also cause fatigue.
 
Depending on the neuromuscular disorder, a patient may begin feeling or exhibiting symptoms within infancy, or much later in life, so it is important to keep an eye out for these symptoms in your children as well as yourself.

How do I know if I have neuromuscular disorders?

There are a range of tests to find out if you have neuromuscular disorders depending on the condition. Electrical tests can be used to measure the electrical activity or response of a muscle when the nerve is stimulated, these tests are also known as nerve conduction studies. Some professionals may also use electromyography to study the health of the muscles, as well as muscle biopsies, genetic testing, and blood tests.
 
A test done using electromyography is when the neuromuscular specialist inserts small electrodes through the patient’s skin and into the muscle in order to measure the electrical activity in the area. Electricity is used because our nerves function through electrical impulses going from our brain to the rest of our body, and it is these impulses that communicate to your muscles to move. If the electrical currents are not functioning properly, that means that your nerves are not able to communicate with your muscles as they should be doing normally. This is why electromyography is the best way to indicate if there are proper electrical currents running through the nerves and identify where there may be problems that are affecting the surrounding muscles.
 
Canatella Dental looks forward to your visit and alleviating all pain associated with wisdom teeth! We serve patients from New Orleans LA, Metairie LA, Harahan LA, Jackson Square LA, Bella Chasse LA, St. Bernard LA, Meraux LA, Chalmette LA, Jefferson LA, River Ridge LA, and Kenner LA.

Locations for Canatella Dental in New Orleans, LA and Metairie, LA

New Orleans, LA

  • 101 W. Robert E. Lee Blvd, Ste. 305, New Orleans, LA 70124
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Metairie, LA

  • 4428 Conlin Street, Suite B, Metairie, LA 70006
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