Muscles are a very important part of the head and neck, especially the chewing system. Without muscles in your face, neck, and head, you would not be able to (along with many other things) open, swallow, chew, etc. The muscles are the behind-the-scenes workers of being able to use your teeth. Your mouth/ head/ neck are a system. If one part of the system is not functioning properly, there is a discrepancy and a lack of harmony.
There are many muscles connected to your jaw. If even one of these muscles is being strained, the whole system will be thrown off. Just like any other muscle in your body, the “jaw muscles” can form knots. When you lift weights or exercise, the more you work-out a muscle, the more sore it gets. The same goes for your jaw muscles. If you are constantly squeezing/ clenching, grinding- these muscles are getting a “workout”. Another way the jaw muscles get strained are from poor occlusion, a.k.a. a “bad bite.” When teeth aren’t hitting each other ideally, the muscles can be affected. When the teeth first hit improperly, the muscles in your jaw push or slide your jaw into an incorrect position in order for all of your teeth to fit together. This constant strain on the muscles causes them to tighten and get tense. Tight muscles in the face, jaw, neck can lead to a multitude of contributing problems. Some examples are: headaches, neck aches, difficulty opening/ closing, facial pain, and the list goes on!
Why is this so important to us? As you know by now, Dr. Wolfe is a Dawson dentist. Dawson trained dentists focus on the entire chewing system, as mentioned above. A large part of caring for our patients is getting their muscles to relax. If the muscles are constantly pulling and tugging on the jaw and joints, how could it possibly function properly?! This is where complete care gets its meaning. We want your complete system to be healthy, not just your teeth. Only the best and most complete care for our patients!