Beyond Teeth & Gums: The Importance of Neuromuscular Dentistry

The common understanding of the focus of dentistry is on the health and wellbeing of the teeth and gums. Dentists provide cleaning and sealing services to help prevent decay or disease, and also offer fillings, crowns, and treatments for periodontal disease. However, there is more to excellent oral health than just healthy teeth and gums.

Neuromuscular dentistry goes deeper to recognize and respond to the way the jaw, jaw joints, and facial and neck muscles affect your oral health. These other areas have a deep affect on the functional health of your mouth, and so neuromuscular dentistry should certainly be a part of your dental treatment and care.

The following are some of the reasons to explain the importance of neuromuscular dentistry:

Increase comfort and efficiency of functionality. A misaligned jaw can result in incorrect chewing that can lead to discomfort as well as damage to your teeth from the wearing and/or grinding. With the alignment of your teeth and jaw corrected from neuromuscular dentistry, these problems are remedied.

Relieve pain from TMJ or TMD. When your jaw and its joints are misaligned, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can develop, causing discomfort or pain. Neuromuscular dentistry corrects this alignment to relieve the stress and as a result, the pain or discomfort.

Fully integrated dental care. Neuromuscular dentistry provides the full spectrum of care necessary for optimally functioning oral health. The treatment process addresses hard and soft tissues of the mouth, as well as the muscles and nerves in affecting areas. The relationship between the hard and soft tissues of your mouth is complex. The complete scope of neuromuscular dentistry keeps this relationship at the forefront, while also involving the important factors of your muscles and nerves – effectively, the power source and controls of your jaw and its operations.

Dr. Mimi uses Electromyography (EMG) to measure your jaw to find its stressed and relaxed positions, and distinguish any existing structural defects in the joints of the jaw. Another process, called Computerized Mandibular Scanning (CMS), is used to analyze the way your jaw functions, in order to determine your specialized treatment plan. Contact us to schedule your consultation for neuromuscular dentistry, and take the next step toward improving your oral and overall health!

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