As the foundation of our practice, Neuromuscular dentistry, considers the dynamic physiological relationships of both the hard and soft tissues to produce a harmonious relationship between the teeth, joints, muscles and nerves. Optimum results are achieved when the teeth, jaw muscles and joints are in a balanced position.
With computerized mandibular scanning and simultaneous electromyography, we can objectively correlate your jaw’s posture with muscle activity. This is important to you because it ensures that you are pain-free and that we’ve stopped the forces that wear teeth down, cause gums to recede, and can be destructive to the jaw joints.
Transcutaneous Electric Neural Stimulation (TENS) relaxes the jaw muscles and eliminates accommodations to a bad bite. Typically one hour of treatment relaxes and lengthens muscles and deprograms accommodative neuromuscular memory.
Jaw Tracking & EMG Analysis
Jaw tracking and EMG (electromyography) Analysis is done to determine how much one is accommodating to a bad bite. Then, after TENS treatment, muscle function is measured with EMG to determine the most stable physiologic bite position. It is the bite position to which TMJ treatment, Pure Power Mouthguards and cosmetic reconstruction are designed.
The Tempormandibular Joints (TMJs) are very unique. They connect the jaw to the skull and each joint is directly affected by the other. The bite also has a direct influence on positioning of the joints. When compressed, the joint disk can be squeezed out of place causing joint noises and damage to the joint soft tissues that can lead to arthritic changes. Problems here can refer pain and dysfunction to the head, neck and upper torso.