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Neuromuscular Dentistry  - Treatment That Can Change Your Life

Neuromuscular Dentistry - Treatment That Can Change Your Life
  • Do you suffer from constant pain including headaches and migraines, soreness in your jaw or pain while chewing?
  • Have you sought medical interventions, but only received temporary relief that didn't address the underlying issues?

The treatment you may need is available. It's called neuromuscular dentistry and it's a revolutionary treatment that can change your life.

 

What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the relationship of your jaw position, bite and teeth. When your top jaw and bottom jaw are not properly aligned, your bite is not in optimal position, which does not allow your muscles to be calm and relaxed. This misalignment is called a malocclusion and painful symptoms can result.

     

  • Loose teeth and loss of teeth
  • Uneven tooth wear
  • Headaches, neck aches and migraines
  • Soreness of the facial muscles
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing and speaking
  • Numbness in your fingers and arms
  • Congestion or stuffiness of the ears

 

Diagnosis

First a thorough examination of your jaw joints, muscles and bite will be conducted. Using a Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA), the severity of your TMJ will be diagnosed. Dr. Li also recommends a cone beam tomography scan (ICAT) which is a x-ray of the jaw joints similar to a CT scan but with much less radiation.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with a malocclusion, Dr. Li will map out a treatment plan to help correct your bite to alleviate pain and discomfort.

A TENS unit- a device that electronically massages the muscles in the head and neck- will be used to achieve the most comfortable position of the jaw. The K7 machine, which consists of a Jaw Tracker and Electromyography is used to determine the movement of the jaw and the position of the most relaxed muscles.

A dental orthotic, which is a removable appliance fabricated of clear, strong plastic that fits over your lower teeth. Teeth anatomy is carved into the biting surface of the orthotic so it can function as a tool to determine your optimal bite. This is Phase I of the treatment. Once the best bite is determined, Phase II may be started. Phase II may consist of orthodontic options or placing crowns and veneers on the teeth. Dr. Li will discuss your best treatment options with you.

 

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