TMJ and neuromuscular dentistry techniques go hand in hand to help our Anderson area patients.
At Aesthetic Dentistry, we provide you and your family with the care you need when you need it. In treating certain concerns, Dr. Groeber uses neuromuscular dentistry techniques. This approach, which is taught only in advanced courses,
extends beyond the evaluation and treatment of teeth to also identify problems within the muscle and bone structure of the jaw.
The comfort and efficiency you experience when you chew does not come from your teeth only. The muscles and joints located along the jaw are vital. The length of each muscle is determined by genetics, and cannot be changed. If an injury occurs, such as a broken tooth or worn enamel, the harmony of movements in the jaw will likely be disrupted. However, the tone and volume of important structures can be strengthened in order to restore necessary balance.
Why it matters
Imbalance between the structures of the face and jaw creates a risk for TMJ disorder. This condition involves the temporomandibular joints at the back of the jaw. When they are constantly working against structural anomalies, these joints can become dysfunctional. As a result, you may experience:
- Chronic headaches
- Bruxism – clenching and grinding your teeth
- Chronic pain in the neck, shoulders, and back
- Discomfort or difficulty chewing due to limited mobility
- Clicking in the jaw when you speak or chew
How we can help
The neuromuscular dentistry care that is available in our office gets results
by working with the tissues, nerves, and muscles of the jaw. In order to achieve the natural physiological position that allows comfort, we use mild electrical stimulation that relaxes all vital structures around the mouth. The TENS process achieves optimal relaxation of the jaw in about 45 minutes. Because the electrical pulses are very mild, there is no discomfort. The data that we collect from this technique is used to create a custom-fit appliance that enables the jaw to close to the appropriate position. This device is see-through, and fits right over the teeth. It is evaluated over three to six months to ensure it is working as expected.
If orthotic therapy produces the desired outcome, there are two ways to proceed. The device may be worn indefinitely, or orthodontic treatment may be conducted to achieve the desired position. Proper bite alignment can also achieve this goal. For further information about neuromuscular dentistry, visit LVI Global
If you feel that you may have a neuromuscular dental problem, give us a call to see how we can help you.