Neuromuscular Dentistry is a non-surgical treatment that optimizes point of the jaw enabling the connected muscles to rest in a comfortable and balanced state with a stable bite position. The type of problems that this treatment may commonly help are:
- Neck pain
- Stuffy or ringing ears
- Facial pain
- Shoulder and upper back pain
The cause Neuromuscular Dentistry treatment is efficient is because it addresses muscular tension and joint positions in the one treatment philosophy. These can be a contributing factor to the above problems and only a specifically trained neuro-muscular dentist is in a point to facilitate specific physiological changes that promote health and well-being. Neuromuscular Dentistry treatment philosophy is one of holistic care, encompassing a multi-disciplinary approach aiming at restoring harmonious physiological functioning of the oral musculature and related cervical spinal alignment. This potentially has a flow on effect upon common postural alignment, quality of sleep and consequently rest and recovery, quality of life.
The Neuromuscular Dentistry treatment can involve a number of different approaches that are specifically tailored for the individual patient. We now know that there is a connection between clenching and grinding and obstructive sleep apnoea or poor sleep quality. Therefore, a screening home based sleep study is recommended to rule out any underlying sleep pathology.
The way that your upper and lower teeth come jointly is part of a system of teeth, muscles and joints. If your teeth do not fit together properly (misaligned bite), the muscles and joints accommodate – work to get them together. A misaligned bite often leads to muscles that are overworked when they should be relaxed, leading to various painful conditions. Neuromuscular dentistry considers the entire system that controls the positioning and function of your jaw. The neuromuscular dentist seeks to establish a jaw situation based on a harmonious relationship of the three main factors affecting occlusion – the teeth, muscle and jaw joints. The resulting jaw position is called the neuromuscular bite. There are a variety of types of treatment to get better your smile, to correct a misaligned bite or to relieve a painful condition. To provide you with an optimum bite we will evaluate and study the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles.
How Can It Be Treated?
Neuromuscular Dentistry is the science of placing the jaw into its optimal place, relieving the symptoms associated with TMJ. While traditional dentistry evaluates primarily the teeth, bones, and gums, neuromuscular dentistry works with the hard tissues, soft tissues, muscles and nerves. Doctor understands the composite relationship between hard and soft facial tissues and works to make that relationship a harmonious one.
FAQ About Dental Treatments
Make it fun! If you are excited about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children observe you brushing your teeth and show good dental habits, they will follow.
Much illness of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
- little areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- infections in the bone
- periodontal (gum) disease
- abscesses or cysts
- developmental abnormalities
- some types of tumors
A mouth guard can stop damage to your face and teeth. Most people benefit from wearing a mouth guard when playing any sport. You should wear one whether you are playing professionally or just on weekends. Do what you can to preserve your smile and your health. The best mouth guards are custom-fitted by your dentist. This is especially important if you wear braces or fixed bridgework.