Dentzz has been one of the pioneers in introducing neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry deals with correcting the bite and aligning the jaw. To put it simply, a neuromuscular dentist puts the jaw in its optimal position and relieves the symptoms associated with TMD (Tempero Mandibular Disorder).
While traditional dentistry focuses only on the teeth and gums, neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the harmonious relationship between the muscles, joints and nerves, and the teeth, gums and bones. Neuromuscular dentistry is concerned with all the functions of the mouth including chewing, swallowing, speaking, biting, yawning and singing.
When the jaw is not aligned properly, the hard and soft tissues get affected which can cause various physiological problems such as:-
- Headache and migraine
- Jaw pain
- Neck ache
- Shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping sounds in the joints of the jaw
Often, these problems are the result of TMD (Temepero Mandibular Disorder) or MFP (Myo Facial Pain Syndrome).
TMD is a chronic degenerative disease that often takes years to develop and it affects millions of people. Those who suffer from TMD have an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship, which is caused by a bad bite also known as a malocclusion.
Neuromuscular dentistry is not just for people who have TMD, bite misalignment or facial pain. A patient with a well-balanced bite may still have teeth that need to be restored, or desire cosmetic improvements to their smile either through orthodontics or the placements of veneers and crowns. While making changes to the teeth, no matter how small, the neuromuscular dentist will always consider the impact on the overall functionality and plan the proposed treatment in a way that preserves or improves the harmony of the system.
NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY DIAGNOSIS
In addition to X-rays or digital radiographs that reveal the position and condition of jaw joints, neuromuscular dentists use several diagnostic technologies to determine the ideal position of your jaw to relieve TMD symptoms. These technologies include:-
- T- Scan or computerized occlusal analysis of a person’s bite.
- EMG (Electromyography) to measure the stressed and relaxed positions of a person’s jaw muscles as well as to identify the structural defects in the jaw joint.
Jaw Vibrational Analysis (JVA) or Jaw Sonography to record the sounds made by the jaw joint and to determine the presence of abnormalities in the jaw.
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