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Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on correcting the misalignment of your jaw. Allowing the teeth, jaw, and muscles to work in proper balance. The science of Neuromuscular Dentistry evaluates and treats your overall health by considering how your muscles, teeth, and joints all work together.

The goal of a trained Neuromuscular Dentist is to relax the muscles controlling jaw position to establish a true and natural rest position of jaw muscles and joints.

General dentists are specially trained to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But sometimes, your oral health problems extend beyond what is outwardly visible. When the muscles, nerves, soft tissues, and hard tissues in your mouth and jaw area become damaged, fatigued, or misaligned, it often takes a neuromuscular dentist to identify the problem source and provide treatment.

Temporomandibular joint disorder is a complex condition that can go undiagnosed for years before treatment is sought. Dr. Terzis practices neuromuscular dentistry by using specific technology to diagnose whether jaw misalignment is to blame for your painful symptoms.

The TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit is used to relax your jaw muscles by sending painless, gentle electrical pulses to your TMJ. Once your muscles have fully relaxed, Dr. Terzis can find the position of your jaw where the muscles, joints and teeth can function in harmony.

Our K7 Evaluation System is used to track the jaw, and record muscle activity.

By using the K7 and the TENS unit, Dr.Terzis is able to capture an ideal bite which we then take an impression of. With this bite, we are able to fabricate an appliance to replicate the ideal position. This appliance is then worn for several hours a day and is considered a transitional option to improve symptoms. Once most of the symptoms are alleviated, a more predictable long term treatment plan is discussed.

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, you would almost certainly benefit from a Comprehensive Neuromuscular Assessment and an individually tailored treatment plan.

Symptoms

Headaches Sensitive (percussion)
TMJ pain Difficulty chewing
TMJ noise Cervical pain (neck pain)
Limited opening Tingling of fingertips
Ear congestion Hot & cold sensitivity
Vertigo (dizziness) Trigeminal Neuralgia
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) Bell’s palsy
Postural problems Nervousness / insomnia
Difficulty swallowing Clenching / bruxing
Loose teeth Facial pain (non-specific)