Watch Dr. Tamura’s video HERE
demonstrating Neuromuscular dentistry. This dentistry is designed to take the muscles of the head and neck that are sore and tender because you have a bad bite and relax them.
Once we find the position of the jaw that relaxes the muscles of your head and neck, your symptoms should begin to decrease and you will be on your way to a healthy, pain free life.
Dr. Tamura can determine the optimal positioning of the lower jaw to the upper jaw using the Myotronics K7 Human/Computer interface. A removable lower jaw repositioning orthotic (mouthpiece) can then be fabricated that centers the balls within the sockets of your jaw joints and allows the muscles of the head and neck to relax. The orthotic can then be worn for 3–6 months to see if your symptoms resolve. Once your symptoms have resolved, you can discuss with Dr. Tamura Phase 2 Options such as orthodontic treatment, overlay partial, or combination orthodontic/prosthetic treatment.
To watch Dr. Tamura’s Neuromuscular video click here.
Symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) are:
Back, neck and shoulder pain
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Sensitive and sore teeth
Headaches / migraines
Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
Jaw joint pain
Limited jaw movement or locking jaw
Numbness in the fingers and arms
Worn or cracked teeth
- Neuromuscular Dentistry is generally provided in Phases. Most commonly, the first phase is performed for patients that are symptomatic, usually acute pain such as headaches, etc. Some Phase One patients do not have symptoms, but rather their occlusion or bite needs to be corrected prior to restoring their mouths with crowns, veneers, or NM Functional Orthodontics. Phase Two treatment is preferably decided upon PRIOR to embarking on Phase One treatment by the NM Dentist and the patient.
Phase Two treatment can include:
1. Continuing to wear the lower orthosis with knowledge that replacements will need to be fabricated over time (at patient’s own expense)
2. Restorative Dentistry to the new bite position
3. Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics
4. Combination of any of the above
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