Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the relationship among the teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints. Neuromuscular dentistry (NMD) is a highly specialised, non-surgical area of dentistry dedicated to achieve harmony between your posture, head and neck muscles, jaw joints and the way your teeth fit together.
It is important for your muscles to rest in comfortable and aligned state with a stable bite position. If any part of this system is misaligned, sometimes by just a fraction of a millimetre, it throws the whole system out of balance. This can lead to postural changes, grinding and clenching and breaking of teeth.
Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach to resolve this dysfunction and its symptoms by correcting the misalignment. By doing this, neuromuscular dentists reduce stress on the muscles connected and the hard tissue within the jaw joint. The goal is reducing stress on the muscles of mastication (chewing) by realigning the position of the jaw in relation to the teeth. This is done to restore proper jaw function. Neuromuscular dentists use non-surgical means to relieve jaw, head, and neck pain that are associated with this jaw dysfunction. The dentist first determines the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles, and then repositions the jaw to achieve those exact measurements.
An initial evaluation will include a discovery conversation that will allow the neuromuscular dentist to get better insights into the exact causes and symptoms of each problem. Since there are many reasons that may lead to jaw pain, migraines, a popping jaw joint, lockjaw or any other number of symptoms, it is extremely important to understand which of these are present in each patient.
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