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What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Applying the techniques that expand upon the traditional mechanical approach to dentistry.

Many individuals do not realize that muscles play an important role in dentistry.

Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) is a term applied to techniques that expand upon the more traditional approach to dentistry that is more mechanically oriented. NMD places the occlusion where the muscles that control jaw position are at their best for optimal comfort and function.

To understand NMD, it helps to first know a few things about your occlusion or 'bite'. 

Your occlusion is the way that your upper and lower teeth fit together. The muscles of your head and neck posture your jaw and hold the lower teeth close to the upper ones.

You don't consciously hold your jaw in this position - it is 'programmed' in your brain. Even though the present position 'programmed' by your brain seems like it would be the optimal position, it is not always the best one for you.

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Is Neuromuscular Dentistry for you?

Many individuals do not realize that muscles play an important role in dentistry.

 

There are always options to consider when you are choosing dental treatment. After initially evaluating your situation, your dentist or treatment counselor will discuss those options with you.

NMD becomes one of your options if you are struggling with the following:

Additionally, NMD techniques are used to treat patients that suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) like symptoms and to aid in establishing the occlusion for dentures.

Additionally, NMD techniques are used to treat patients that suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) like symptoms and to aid in establishing the occlusion for dentures.

 

It is in these cases that establishing the optimal occlusion becomes so important.

 

This is when choosing neuromuscular tech­niques may have a substantial and positive impact on the outcome of treatment.

 

The relaxed jaw position gives your dentist an added insight that may allow for a faster completion and improve final treatment results. 


Feel free to discuss these options further with our dental professional to determine if Neuro­muscular Dentistry is right for you. 

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Do you have headaches? Limited jaw opening? Facial pain? Neck or shoulder pain?

You could be suffering from TMD or Temporomandibular Disorders.

TMJ or TMD, although it has become almost a household word, is a non-specific, catch-all term for a variet of pain/dysfunction conditions of the head and neck. It was originally derived from the "Temporomandibular Joint", your jaw joints - once thought to be the source of most of these ailments.

Today, we know that there are many causes of head and neck problems that may or may not be related to the temporomandibular joint. For this reason, although not as widely familiar, most dentists use "TMD" (for temporomandibular disorders) to more accurately describe the condition.

Signs and Symptoms of TMD

  • Headaches

  • Jaw joint pain

  • Jaw joint noise or clicking

  • Limited mouth opening

  • Ear congestion

  • Dizziness

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Loose teeth

  • Clenching or grinding

  • Facial pain

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Chewing difficulties

  • Neck pain

  • Postural problems

  • Tingling of the fingertips

  • Hot and cold sensitivity of teeth

  • Nervousness or insomnia

How do we diagnose TMD and jaw alignment problems?

We perform examinations to diagnose jaw alignment problems. 

We may ask you to perform an examination to test how your teeth, mouth and facial muscles work together. If there are catches, locks, clicks and pops when moving your jaws, these can be signs of alignment problems. The tests are "non-invasive" - there are no injections, there is no pain.

Other tests can be used such as, full-face XRays, MRIs or CT Scans, sonography, electromyography (EMG) and computerized test equipment to measure and determine possible neuromuscular or jaw alignment problems. 

We utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Dental Arts Hawaii can help you...

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