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What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry is a process that involves skilled dental professionals working with the muscles and nerves of the body to create maximum balance, comfort, and function. This area of dental expertise places emphasis on establishing and maintaining an anatomically ideal jaw joint position for each individual patient.
Neuromuscular Dentistry and TMJ/TMD
TMJ and TMD patients that have successfully completed Phase I treatment are sometimes recommended neuromuscular dentistry to hold the newly acquired jaw position. This occurs most often when the patient is unable to wean from the appliance and neuromuscular orthodontics is not an option due to the condition of the teeth and/or missing teeth. Occasionally, the doctor may recommend a combination of neuromuscular orthodontics and neuromuscular dentistry to address and resolve your specific needs. Each case is unique and should be treated as such.
The doctors at Central Dental work in unison to determine and acquire the optimal jaw position, or “neuromuscular bite” by use of advanced technology, meticulous diagnostic procedures and refined services and procedures. Successful completion of Phase 1, TMJ Therapy, should result in a stabilized bite through neuromuscular retraining or teaching the muscles their optimal range of function in harmony with the jaw and bones of the head and neck. Once the bite is stabilized, the jaw naturally functions in this position and TMD symptoms are significantly reduced or eliminated and the restorative, long-term dental options may be provided to retain the newly acquired jaw position. The options may include the following treatments, in different variations, based on the needs of each individual patient to beautifully restore the teeth into a position similar to that of their orthotic:
- Occlusal Adjustment – making careful modifications or changes to the chewing surface of the teeth. These adjustments are made gradually over several visits after careful preparation with K7 measurements and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy to ensure the musculature can handle the changes. This is occasionally an option for a patient with relatively healthy, natural teeth or very well constructed crowns and bridges.
- Neuromuscular Orthodontics
- Neuromuscular Prosthodontics
- Fixed – a moderate to high monetary investment.
- Crowns & Bridges – an option for those with damaged teeth or decaying teeth
- Implants – an option for non-smokers with missing teeth and good bone support
- Veneers – an option for those with teeth that need cosmetic improvement
- Removable – a moderate monetary investment.
- Dentures – for those who are completely edentulous, or are missing all of their teeth.
- Partials – for those who are partially edentulous, or are missing some of their teeth.
- Fixed – a moderate to high monetary investment.
- Semi-permanent, long-term appliance – a cost-sensitive approach for those who are financially unable to obtain the aforementioned treatments in the foreseeable future. This is often the least preferred option as it is not very aesthetically pleasing, or beautiful. This type of orthotic is made of a stronger, more durable material. Office visits to check the appliance and symptoms are required at doctor prescribed intervals in an attempt to prevent relapse.
- Continued wear of the Phase 1 appliance – a cost-sensitive approach for those who are financially unable obtain the aforementioned treatments but expect to do so in the near future. Office visits to check the appliance and symptoms are required at doctor prescribed intervals in an attempt to prevent relapse.
It’s important to mention that qualified neuromuscular dentists will have neuromuscular dentistry training from prestigious dental schools or postgraduate training programs such as the following:
- Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)
- American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
- International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Neuromuscular dentists use state of the art technology to diagnose and treat TMD disorders and offer skills and experience that a general dentist cannot provide.
Meet Dr. Dalton
Dr. Dalton has dedicated 30 years to the study and practice of dentistry and 20 years of practice in TMJ and dental sleep medicine.
Dr. Dalton is the only dentist in the state of Arkansas who is triple board certified with the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (ABCP), American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.
Contact Central Dental
If you’re seeking a neuromuscular dentist in Little Rock, Conway or Central Arkansas, Central Dental can provide you with treatment options that will provide and maintain the results you’ve been seeking. The doctors and team members at Central Dental will work with you to provide a customized treatment plan that will provide the relief you desire.
Please give us a call at (501) 225-1577 to schedule a consultation for neuromuscular orthodontics, or braces, at Central Dental. You can also send us a message below!