Electromyography is the measurement of the function of the muscles.
It can be used to evaluate if a particular chewing muscle is fatigued from overuse (grinding). Fatigued muscles can cause symptoms such as headaches, neckaches, ringing in the ears, tingling in the fingertips and other symptoms. In dentistry, this can be important because if your jaw is not supported by the teeth in the position where the muscles are calm, signs and symptoms can arise that may cause problems.
We call this the physiologic rest position of the jaw.
Electromyography is one way for the dentist to find the physiologic rest position of the jaw.
From this position, a diagnosis and treatment plan options can then be presented. You may need less dentistry than you think!