Dental Services

NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY

Dentistry with bite

Neuromuscular Dentistry is about getting your bite right. Your bite or occlusion is the position of your jaw when your teeth are together, seems very basic but your occlusion is very important and can affect your health in many ways.

Neuromuscular dentistry goes beyond using your habitual bite (wherever your bite is naturally) as the basis for planning treatment. Neuromuscular dentists take into consideration your muscles, jaw joints and teeth in order to achieve an optimal bite.

If your muscles, jaw joints or teeth are for any reason not aligned, you may get symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder).

Symptoms can include:

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 & cold sensitivity Nervousness or insomnia

Even if you do not have a specific pain issue and are just seeking restorative and cosmetic treatment, preliminary evaluation using a neuromuscular approach is advised to uncover any problems that might occur after your restoration is complete.

Treatment for a diagnosed TMJ Disorder will involve:

a. Relieve muscle spasm and pain

Our immediate concern is to provide relief of your symptoms. The best way to do this is by using a technology to relax the facial muscles. The use of a rhythmic pulsing machine relaxes the muscles by increasing blood flow and pumping out waste products. This technology also helps with pain relief by stimulating the body's production of endorphins, the body's natural anaesthetic.

b. Stabilise the bite

Orthotics worn over you teeth, allow us to make easy adjustments to the plastic without adjusting the teeth until the bite is stabilized. Once symptoms are relieved and the bite has been stabilized, we will move on to the next step and permanently adjust your bite to the correct position.

c. Long-term management

There are a variety of ways to correct your bite in a more permanent way. Four of the most common of these approaches are outlined below:

  1. Coronoplasty Coronoplasty

    is smoothing and reshaping the enamel of the teeth to correct your bite. It is a simple procedure that does not require anaesthesia and can be used when the bite is only slightly misaligned
  2. Removable or permanent orthotics

    These are permanent orthotics that usually fit over the back teeth and are designed to maintain an aligned bite 
  3. Reconstruction

    This approach involves making the teeth higher by using crowns. This permanently realigns the bite and provides structural support for the jaw
  4. Orthodontics

    (Braces) When the teeth are healthy they may be moved to the optimal position using braces.
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