Bishou Dentistry




It surprises people when they are told that there is often a connecion between their bite (dentally known as 'occlusion') and head, neck and back pain.

The Cause:

Many patients have bites that cause tension in the muscles of the head and neck since they are all connected.  As you read this you may notice that your teeth are not touching so how could your bite cause problems?  The fact is that you swallow 2,000 - 3,000 times a day and when you do your teeth come together- try swallowing without touching your teeth, tough to do isn't it?  If your bite is such that your muscles have to strain, even slightly, to bring the teeth together they tense up.  This muscle tension can cause misalignments of your spine and spasm of the neck muscles which can in turn 'pinch' nerves and blood vessel causing many different symptoms, such as, tingling fingers, alterations in blood pressure, and head and neck pain.

The Solution:

Using the latest in computer technology Dr. Miyasaki assesses the health of the muscles and the jaw joints.  If it is determined that improvements can be achieved by treating the bite Dr. Miyasaki determines where the bite should be to allow the muscles to relax and creates an acrylic appliance to allow the muscles to heal.

If you are suffering from jaw, head, neck or back pain call us today at 702.823.5793. 


Most problems with the jaw come from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles that help you chew.  Dr. Miyasaki has treatments that can ease this pain and discomfort.

What does TMJ stand for?

The temporamandibular joints (TMJs) are the hinges that connect your lower jaw to your skull.  The disorders associated with the TMJ muscles are often referred to as TMD or TMJ Disorders.  TMD is not just one condition, but a group of painful disorders that affect the TMJ and the muscles one uses to chew.

What is TMD or TMJ Disorder?

TMD is not just one condition, but a group of painful disorders that affect the TMJ's and the muscles one uses to chew.  It affects more women than men, and is usually temporary or occasional, but a small percentage of sufferers have serious chronic problems.

Do I have a TMJ Disorder?

The following are symptoms of TMJ Diorders.  Not everyone experiences all of these problems.  If you experience some of them, speak to Dr. Miyasaki and have him perform a thorough examination.
  • Jaw pain, stiffness or soreness
  • Jaw pain while chewing, biting, or yawning
  • Painful or tender jaw joint
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
  • Restricted range of jaw movement or "locking" of the jaw in an open or closed position
  • Painful clicking, popping, grinding or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • Pain and fatigue when eating hard or chewy foods
  • Bruxism - grinding or clenching of teeth when awake or asleep
  • Earaches without an ear infection
  • Sensitive teeth and toothaches without evidence of dental problems
  • Teeth that break or crack without an apparent cause
  • Aching or radiating pain on the side of the head, face, neck and shoulders
  • A burning sensation in the mouth/tongue
  • Frequent unexplained headaches - sometimes diagnosed as migranes
How can TMJ be treated?

There are a number of treatments available, ranging from stress reduction techniques, to dental appliances to muscle relaxants.  It is also best to make some simple adjustments like eating soft foods, and not chewing gum.  Discuss available options with Dr. Miyasaki.