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Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting the alignment of your jaw and bite (how upper and lower teeth come together). By moving your jaw to its ideal resting position, neuromuscular dentistry treatments can help alleviate many conditions affecting your jaw, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
TMD is a condition that occurs when your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that connects your jaw to your skull, becomes misaligned. It can result in limited jaw mobility as well as chronic pain in your face, neck, jaw, and ears.
Calgary general dentist Dr. Mehbs Ali approaches all of his cosmetic dentistry restorations with the goal of making sure your jaw and bite are properly aligned. In this way, he is often able to prevent other serious oral health conditions from developing.
Neuromuscular Dentistry Diagnosis and Treatments
At your initial TMJ consultation, Dr. Ali will evaluate your bite in order to detect any issues that may be affecting your TMJ. He also uses K7 technology to measure and record jaw function. This diagnostic tool enables Dr. Ali to precisely locate problematic areas in your jaw and bite, ensuring that your neuromuscular dental treatment precisely addresses your unique condition.
Neuromuscular dentistry treatments work to move your jaw back to its proper position. There are several methods which can accomplish this goal, including:
- TENS therapy to relax your jaw and locate its ideal resting position
- Neuromuscular orthodontics
- Orthotic mouth guards
- Dental restorations
Dr. Ali uses a neuromuscular approach to address orthodontic treatments as well. This method is called neuromuscular orthodontics, and it places an emphasis on finding the appropriate position of your teeth in relation to the muscles and joints of the jaw.
Using neuromuscular techniques such as the K7 system and TENS therapy, Dr. Ali will locate the ideal position of your bite. He will then create an orthotic appliance for you to wear for approximately three months prior to getting braces. The orthotic device will line up the upper and lower jaws, creating a guide for where your teeth should be positioned. Then, the braces will work to achieve a more precise positioning of your teeth.