Do you have frequent headaches, back or neck aches, or TMJ or jaw pain? A poorly aligned bite can cause such problems, along with broken, worn, or loose teeth. Neuromuscular Dentistry diagnoses dysfunctional bites by determining the most relaxed position of the jaw. If malocclusion (bad bite) is diagnosed, the jaw can be gently repositioned with an orthodontic or a dental restoration. With such care, the painful symptoms can be decreased or eliminated completely.
Modern dentistry is about much more than improving the appearance of a smile. Advances in the science of complete dentistry have taught us how to bring the jaw into a relaxed position to help alleviate years of pain and discomfort.
Neuromuscular dentistry uses the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiologic position. Twenty-five years of research and clinical experience have shown this position to be effective in treating patients with head and neck pain.
Who is affected?
Temporomandibular joint disease (also know as TMD or TMJ) affects 75 million people at any one time. It is a chronic degenerative disease that may take years to develop. People who suffer from TMD have a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship, caused by a bad bite. This disease causes the following:
What are the symptoms?
You may be a candidate for neuromuscular dentistry if you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis:
How can you help me?
Dr. Mohtashami is well trained and highly capable of treating the neuromuscular symptoms of a patient with a poor bite (malocclusion). Following a comprehensive examination, he may diagnose malocclusion and recommend a treatment plan that will correct your bite and alleviate pain and discomfort. To correct this malocclusion, Dr. Mohtashami may recommend the use of dental restorations that can precisely raise or lower areas of your bite to create a naturally comfortable position for your jaw. Dr. Mohtashami’s office currently uses the Myotronics K7 system in diagnosis of TMJ/TMD. This electrical muscle stimulator exercises your facial and jaw muscles to find your relaxed state. In most cases, he can reposition your jaw without surgery or braces, and complete the treatment in a few short weeks.
How will I look following the treatment?
We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment. Patients with recessed lower jaws may have a new profile, accenting a stronger jaw line and chin. Areas of the jaw that may have protruded excessively will be pulled back in alignment. In addition, all of the restorations necessary to correct the bite will be created with consideration to the aesthetic result of the smile. Not only will this procedure correct pain, it will give patients the smile they have always dreamed about.