Patients experiencing pain when opening or closing their mouth, difficulty eating, or frequent head, shoulder, and back pain could be suffering from a misaligned bite. We provide the most appropriate care for each individual care. At our Sarasota practice, we are experienced in differentiating and managing pain from the muscles of chewing and the TMJ (tempero-mandibular joint).
Both the joints and muscles of the face have the ability to accommodate to the position of the teeth. When the teeth are not in the correct position due to disease, loss or congenital positioning of the teeth, there can be a muscular imbalance. This is considered pathological when one starts feeling pain due to this imbalance.
Differential diagnosis along with conservative treatment to find the optimum jaw position to eliminate discomfort, are a standard of care that are considered at Dr Koval’s office. Other specialists are also considered and referred to for comprehensive gathering of facts in complex situations.