Neuromuscular dentistry goes far beyond traditional dentistry. It addresses the relationships related to the body's range of motion and posture. We have the ability to objectively measure muscle function and correlate the relationship of the teeth to a proper jaw posture and its movements and function. We recommend a comprehensive analysis and evaluation in order to assist the doctor in accurately diagnosing and developing a treatment plan that can best meet your needs for long-term, optimal dental health and comfort.
Finding your neuromuscular jaw position is the most important step before a final restorative/orthodontic phase is started. This is to prevent muscular imbalances that could lead to instability of the teeth, bone and posture. When the harmony of the teeth, facial muscles, and temporomandibular joints no longer exists, symptoms of what has been identified as TMJ/TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction) arise. Some of the symptoms are:
- Neck/Shoulder aches
- Jaw pain
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Clenching of the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Facial pain
- Worn down teeth
- Ear congestion
- Forward head posturing
- Clicking/popping in the joints
- Limited opening of the mouth
- Tingling in the fingertips
The restoration of the entire mouth to its normal form and function must take into account occlusion, the chewing muscles and the supporting hard and soft tissue structures of the temporomandibular joints. Technology allows us to document the neuromuscular component to this restoration process. To perform optimal neuromuscular dentistry, we use computerized electro-diagnostic instrumentation.
To properly diagnose and treat you, we use an instrument called K-7. This is a computerized diagnostic tool which records the position of the jaw and muscles and allows the doctor to effectively treat neuromuscular pain.
Please feel free to contact the office with any questions about neuromuscular dentistry or to schedule an appointment.
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