Dallas / Fort Worth, TX
At Beyond Dental and Implant Center, our dentists are specialists who research extensively and widely so that they can give you the best possible treatment. Neuromuscular orthodontics is one of many branches of dentistry that we have proficiency in. The focus of neuromuscular orthodontics is on fixing malocclusions, known as bad bites, and relieving temporomandibular joint disorders that make it difficult for you to work your jaw.
Through the use of TMJ therapy and, if your treatment plan requires it, oral surgery, we can help you obtain a jaw that works properly, and that can contribute to your ongoing dental health.
Is My Jaw Positioned Correctly In My Mouth?
Before we consider whether neuromuscular orthodontics might be right for you, it is important to get a sense of if your jaw’s position is normal or problematic. For your jaw to function, we have to analyze your teeth, facial muscles, TMJ, and see how these all work together as your jaw comes together for chewing and at rest.
We want to gather as much information as possible about the way your jaw works so that we can not only straighten teeth as needed but also arrange them to work harmoniously with your TMJ and muscles. Neuromuscular orthodontics usually serves as an intermediate step within TMJ therapy, and so we should consider whether your treatment plan should include TMJ therapy, to begin with.
Do I Need Neuromuscular Orthodontics?
If you suffer from jaw pain, we have a variety of ways to diagnose the source of this pain and determine if we should move forward with neuromuscular orthodontic treatment or TMJ therapy. Through electromyography we can use electrical impulses to see how your jaw muscle moves and determine where it is doing so improperly. Sonography permits us to visualize the problem through the measure of vibrations in your jaw as you open and close it.
We can also use magnets to illustrate a 3-D model of your jaw as well as provide transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to relieve some of your unwelcome muscle spasms. Through these tests and more, we can gather as much information as possible, so we come up with the best possible treatment plan and oral surgery options for you.
The Advantages of Neuromuscular Orthodontics
While traditional orthodontics is all about improvising as you are taken through a lengthy treatment, the neuromuscular orthodontic approach is more about creating a precise treatment plan with you that plans for exactly what you want and then attaining it quickly through one or two sessions of oral surgery, possibly after a short period of TMJ therapy.
Another advantage neuromuscular orthodontics has over its traditional cousin is that you do not have to deal with nearly as much pain. We relax the muscles of your jaw before giving you any orthodontic appliances, which means your body will not resist the treatment and cause you much undue tension. This also means that your post-oral surgery results will last longer, as your body will not fight the new positioning of your jaw.
If your jaw or TMJ hurts and you believe that neuromuscular orthodontics could be the right choice for you, call us today at (972) 591-7520.