Neuromuscular Dentistry – Beyond the appearance of a smile
The way that your upper and lower teeth come together 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, muscle and jaw joints. The resulting jaw position is called the neuromuscular bite. There are various types of treatment to improve your smile, to correct a misaligned bite or to relieve a painful condition. To provide you with an optimum bite we will evaluate and study the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles.
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What is a jaw disorder?
Many individuals do not realise that muscles play an important role in dentistry. Your jaw posturing muscles may be overworked in attempting to maintain your present “programmed’ position, even when you think they are relaxed. Head posture can also affect your occlusion and muscles that control head posture and are primarily in the neck and upper back. Taken together, these conditions can lead to a variety of problems including a less than ideal bite, muscle pain or dysfunction, or jaw joint problem. The neuromuscular dentist determines the jaw position that is associated with relaxed muscles and adjusts or alters your bite to that position.
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