What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Most people don’t think to mention the pain in their facial muscles or jaw joints to their dentists. Yet such pain is a common symptom of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders), otherwise known as TMJ.  TMJ refers to temporomandibular joints but it is also a common name for a disorder that affects the facial muscles and joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull.  A more recent designation for this condition is TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders). This condition causes pain on both sides of the forehead and sometimes in the neck as well. Other symptoms of TMD may include jaw pain, biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort, reduced ability to open or close the mouth and popping/clicking of the jaw joints during opening and closing.  The National Institute of Health estimates that 5 to 10 percent of Americans suffer from TMD severe enough to warrant treatment.  TMD can be caused by tension in the muscles that move the jaw, the way your upper and lower teeth fit together (bite) or in some cases the jaw joints. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, teeth and joints from working properly may result in TMD.

​Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) is an area of dentistry that goes beyond the teeth to consider the entire system that controls jaw movement, including muscles, joints, and nerves. Unlike traditional dentistry, which often focuses solely on the teeth, NMD aims to find the optimal position of the jaw to correct misalignment and alleviate TMD symptoms. Are you experiencing these debilitating problems?

There are many possible causes of TMD. The Neuromuscular Dentist is trained and equipped to diagnose and treat your TMD condition.  Non-invasive tests can aid your dentist to determine whether or not muscle tension, your bite or your jaw joints may be the cause of your TMD and whether treatment by a dentist might resolve your condition. If you suffer more than an occasional pain in the facial, jaw or neck area, it is well worthwhile to talk to a Neuromuscular Dentist about it.

Why is Evaluation of Physiologic Function Important?

To help your muscles reach a true relaxed state, a device called the J5 Dental TENS is used to deliver gentle electrical stimulation to your muscles. The J5 or its patient home-use version, the BNS-40, is a battery operated electrical muscle stimulator. Mild electrical stimulation is delivered through adhesive patch electrodes attached over nerves that control specific muscle groups. The virtually painless stimulus delivered by the J5 Dental TENS will cause your facial and jaw muscles to twitch or “pulse” once every 1 1/2 seconds. After about 40 to 60 minutes, this electrically induced “exercise” will allow your muscles to overcome their programming and go to a relaxed state.

Why Choose a Myotronics-Equipped Dentist?

Opting for a dentist who utilizes Myotronics technology is a decision that places you at the forefront of dental care. Our state-of-the-art devices, such as the K7x Evaluation System, offer unparalleled accuracy in diagnosing and treating a range of conditions, including Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). This means you can expect more precise treatment plans tailored specifically to your needs.

But the benefits don’t stop at precision. Myotronics-equipped dentists have access to world-class educational resources, ensuring they are up-to-date with the latest advancements in Neuromuscular Dentistry. This translates to a higher level of expertise and a more informed approach to your treatment.

The comprehensive data gathered by Myotronics technology allows for more effective communication between you and your dentist. You’re not just a passive recipient of care; you’re an informed participant. Your dentist can show you real-time data and visual representations, helping you understand the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind your treatment plan.

Lastly, choosing a Myotronics-equipped dentist means you’re opting for a more holistic approach to dental care—one that considers not just your teeth but your overall well-being. From the initial diagnosis to the final treatment, every step is designed to provide you with the most comfortable and effective care possible, enhancing your overall quality of life.

Common Conditions Treated Through Neuromuscular Dentistry

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, headaches, or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, you may suffer from TMD. Myotronics technology allows for precise diagnosis and targeted treatment, aiming to alleviate your symptoms and improve jaw function. By focusing on the optimal alignment of the jaw, our technology provides a comprehensive solution that addresses the root cause of TMD, offering long-lasting relief.

Bruxism

If you find yourself grinding your teeth, especially during sleep, you may be dealing with bruxism. This condition can lead to tooth wear, jaw pain, and even TMJ Disorder. Myotronics technology can help diagnose the severity of your condition and provide treatment options such as custom-fitted oral appliances that protect your teeth and alleviate symptoms.

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Neuromuscular Dentistry FAQ

Absolutely, Neuromuscular Dentistry is based on scientific principles and is conducted by trained professionals using state-of-the-art technology.

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The K7x Evaluation System is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool used by Myotronics-equipped dentists. It provides unparalleled accuracy in diagnosing conditions like TMD and sleep apnea, allowing for more personalized treatment plans.

The duration of treatment can vary depending on the condition being treated and its severity. Your dentist will provide you with an estimated timeline during your initial consultation.

Coverage can vary by insurance provider and plan. Please consult with your insurance company and dentist to determine what aspects of your treatment may be covered.

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