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Why See a Neuromuscular Dentist in Bernardsville?

Bernardsville Dentist Serving Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, and 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 your bite. At Proud to Smile Dentistry, 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 symptoms 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 dentist continues to enhance her 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 her 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 position 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 allow us to measure the activity of your jaw and facial muscles. They also aid us in providing efficient and accurate diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular conditions.

Using special equipment to diagnose your condition 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 of 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 also 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 Proud to Smile Dentistry by dialing (908) 888-9858 or filling out the appointment request form to schedule a consultation. Our dentist welcomes patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills, and surrounding areas in New Jersey.

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See what patients like you have to say about our practice

As always, the staff was warm and welcoming and Dr. Patti listened thoughtfully to all of my concerns and was able to address right on the spot!! She does BEAUTIFUL work!!
Janine Rose
Janine Rose
13:03 10 Nov 22
Thank you for a great job
Eddie Comanche
Eddie Comanche
11:27 10 Nov 22
After a thorough, painfree cleaning by the dental hygienist (Karima), Dr. Patti repaired a molar for me. The injection and filling were painless and she explained everything throughout the process. The entire staff is professional and friendly. Best ever dental experience for someone with dental anxiety.The office very recently underwent renovation and it’s gorgeous.
Doris White
Doris White
02:07 10 Nov 22
A warm and welcoming office . Very professional with the latest technology and knowledge. Always a pleasure.
Diane Quinn
Diane Quinn
23:45 08 Nov 22
The best cleaning I ever had! Very friendly, professional, and courteous. I would highly recommend to anyone!!!
The Rods
The Rods
23:06 19 Oct 22
As someone with a large fear of dentists there is a reason I’ve been coming here for over a decade. The greatest staff, the cleanest and nicest environment, I could go on forever! Just go 🙂
Ashlyn Nicole
Ashlyn Nicole
22:26 19 Oct 22
I always love going to see Dr. Patty and her team. I even met an intern, Paul who is looking to attend Dental School. What a great job giving this young man experience.
Lisa Florio
Lisa Florio
19:58 13 Oct 22
Dr. Patti and her staff are the best. She is very skillful and knowledgeable. She spends time to explain what needs to be done and to answer all questions. She is also a perfectionist who will take as much time as is needed to get the best results for her patients. Her office is state of the art and the staff is also knowledgeable and courteous.
Malinee Sastrasinh
Malinee Sastrasinh
22:59 29 Sep 22
you provide the best dental care in NJ! Thank you!
susan palmer
susan palmer
14:10 04 Sep 22
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