If you snore, have migraine/headaches, sore jaw or neck muscle pain then you could be a candidate for Neuromuscular Dentistry.
An imperfect bite can affect you in ways that you would normally think were non-dental related.
Neuromuscular Treatment for TMJ and Migraine Therapy
Step One: Dr. Gelfand will create impressions of your teeth. Since these casts duplicate tooth anatomy, they offer a convenient way to study the tooth structure and arrangement of the teeth other than by direct examination.
Step Two: Neuromuscular and orthopedic dental treatment involves relaxing the muscles to their habitual state. We use a TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation), similar to those used in physical therapy practices. The TENS unit is used by delivering gentle electronic stimulation to your muscles. After about 45-60 minutes, this electrically induced ‘exercise’ will allow your muscles to overcome their programming. Once your muscles are relaxed, Dr. Gelfand will confirm and record the relaxed position of your jaw through a process called bite registration. Bite Registration is done by placing a fast setting putty-like material between your teeth, then guiding the jaw to the desired position.
Step Three: Our dentist will then make a custom orthotic to reposition your jaw into a more physiologic resting position. This initial phase is completely reversible and allows us to stabilize your new, more harmonious bite. Once an acceptable comfort level has been reached, a decision on long-term options can be made. Your orthotic is removable, but is meant to be worn full time as your muscles become “deprogrammed”.
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Your Bite & Your New Smile
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses many possible types of treatment. This can range in complexity from simple whitening of the teeth to full-mouth reconstruction.
Muscle forces, even subconscious ones, like teeth grinding can be very harmful. Damage to natural teeth requiring veneers may have resulted from the constant application of these powerful forces. If this was the case, the same forces will be working against the veneers once they are applied to the teeth. For these reasons, Dr. Gelfand studies the status of muscles controlling the jaw, together with other factors affecting your bite. This information is used to plan the jaw position prior to application of the veneer, maximizing protection against damage to the veneers or further damage to the natural teeth