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Is Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) for you? Beyond the appearance of your smile. The way that your upper and lower teeth come together (your bite or occlusion) is part of a system of teeth, muscles and joints. If your teeth do not fit together properly (misaligned bite), the muscles and joints accommodate – work to get them together.

A misaligned bite often leads to muscles that are overworked when they should be relaxed, leading to various painful conditions. Neuromuscular dentistry considers the entire system that controls the positioning and function of your jaw. The neuromuscular dentist seeks to establish a jaw position based on a harmonious relationship of the three main factors affecting occlusion – the teeth, muscles and jaw joints. The resulting jaw position is called the neuromuscular bite.

Your dentist may be considering various types of dental treatment to improve your smile, to correct a misaligned bite or relieve a painful condition. To provide you with an optimum bite that gives you a beautiful smile as well as healthy muscles and joints, your dentist will evaluate and study the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles. Your dentist will then apply neuromuscular principles to build your bite.

NMD begins by relaxing the muscles around the jaw with the use of a TENS device (Myomonitor.) The Myomonitor is a battery operated electrical stimulus to the muscles of the facial/jaw area, and possibly the neck and shoulder are, to “exercise” these muscles and to cause them to relax.
Once the dentist has determined where your new bite should be, you will be given a plastic appliance called and orthotic to keep your bite in it’s new position.

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FAQ

What is a Comprehensive Oral Exam?

A COE is like a physical for your head and neck. It is a thorough evaluation and documentation of your teeth, gums, jaw bones, lymph nodes, and jaw joints. It is the foundation of the routine check-up. Your course of treatment is determined as a result of this exam.

What is a Recare Exam?

A recare is exam is the check-up which determines any changes since the previous COE.

Why do I need to have x-rays?

Digital x-rays show areas not visible to the eye.

How often do I need to have a COE?

A COE is recommended every 3-5 years depending on your history. Your dentist will determine what is right for you.

Can I just have a cleaning without a exam?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth cleaned without having a check-up, but it is recommended that you see the dentist for a check-up every 6-9 months to catch problems early.