TMJ Treatment Therapy
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: Your dentist 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, your dentist 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: Your 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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