Why See a Neuromuscular Dentist?

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, & Far Hills, NJ

 

A neuromuscular dentist works with the hard and soft tissues of your jaw in order to create your optimal bite position. TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is the misalignment of that bite. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville, we help patients who suffer from neuromuscular problems by realigning the joints and muscles of the jaw so they can return to healthy, pain-free lives.

Most people are not aware that they suffer from malocclusion (misaligned bite). The symptoms that present themselves are often mistaken for other, unrelated health problems. The result is that the symptomatic signs are treated, but the patient can never enjoy total relief because the neuromuscular problem that is actually causing the symptoms remains untreated.

Neuromuscular Dentistry Training

Our dedicated neuromuscular dentists continue to enhance their training and education through the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). This allows Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb to continuously provide our patients with the best care available using our specialized skills and knowledge to detect and treat the painful symptoms and signs of neuromuscular problems.

The areas affected by these issues often include:

  • The mouth
  • The teeth
  • The joints of the jaw
  • The oral muscles and nerves
  • The facial muscles and nerves

Neuromuscular dentistry is also considered a prerequisite for the dental treatment of the potentially deadly condition obstructive sleep apnea.

Diagnosis and Treatment in Neuromuscular Dentistry

The latest neuromuscular technology available allows us to determine the most optimal positioning for your jaw and allows us to begin treating the pain and relieving the symptoms associated with poor bite alignment. Equipment such as an electromyogram, a sonogram, mandibular scans and X-rays all allow us to measure the activity of a your jaw and facial muscles. They also aid us in providing efficient and accurate diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular conditions.

The effective diagnosis using special equipment allows us to record the path of your jaw movement during closure, movement and relaxed positions. Any structural imbalances between the skull and jaw are detected, as well as any abnormal noises that are made when the jaw is in motion.

When the muscles and nerves in the face are not functioning properly, the jaw cannot function to its greatest potential. This abnormal function not only affects your bite, but it can have painful adverse affects on the rest of the body as well.

If you feel as though you may be suffering from a misaligned bite, please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville by dialing (800) 672-8518 or filling out the questionnaire on this page today to schedule a consultation. Our dentist welcomes patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.