The field of neuromuscular dentistry is dedicated to the re-alignment of the jaw. Treatment is aimed at correcting a misalignment of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint. Doing so relieves pressure and pain, such as that associated with temporomandibular disorders (TMD and TMJ) as well as remedying “malocclusion” (bad bite).
The position of your jaw and its movement when chewing and talking is complex, with the function and path of your jaw being determined by a range of factors including: facial musculature and positioning, teeth shape and form, static and dynamic occlusion and more. Further, an individual’s bite can change over time with age and throughout development from childhood to adulthood and into their golden years.
Treatments may involve the use of computerized instruments in order to measure and assess the movement of your jaw and associated musculature. This diagnostic information can aid your dentist in determining the severity of your jaw misalignment as well as in establishing the optimal “rest” position for your jaw.
Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures May Include:
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Jaw Tracking
Once the optimal position of the jaw has been identified, a range of restorative dental procedures and/or orthodontics will be employed to maintain this new position.