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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 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 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 Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville 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

I have been going to Dr. Patti since I was young and she is incredible. I still travel in from NYC to visit her and the team every six months. I cant speak more highly of the team’s talent as well as the comfort I feel in their office. Would recommend their practice to anyone and everyone.
Brooke Macy
Brooke Macy
23:10 01 Jun 22
Exceptional Dentist, amazing staff!!
Cardspunk M
Cardspunk M
23:27 25 May 22
I cannot speak highly enough of my experience at Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville and Patti Swaintek-Lamb, DMD along with her tremendous staff. I have been to dozens of dentists over the years and hands down this has been my best experience and I loved my last dentist before I moved away. They are a wonderful combination of professional and caring. Great kindness and respect is shown to their patients. It is very welcoming environment. For those who dread the dental visit I recommend this office that works to create a calming and supportive atmosphere. The dental work/care was excellent from beginning to end and I look forward to my next visit.
Lynda Spencer
Lynda Spencer
22:31 21 Apr 22
I immediately get comfortable. Change is not always easy but the transition to Dr. Patti’s office was seamless, it’s as if they knew me already. The skill and knowledge of all is evident throughout the practice, as well as pride for their profession. I look forward to staying on as a patient for a long time! Thank you
Christina Klausner
Christina Klausner
10:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an excellent dentist, professional and always listens to what is important to YOU. She has the time, expertise and personal touch while caring deeply about your desires and comfort. My husband, myself and 3 children have been using Dr. Patti for over 15 years and recommend her in the highest regard.
Dana Macy
Dana Macy
15:10 24 Mar 22
Dr Patti and her staff create a caring, professional atmosphere. They take adequate time to make repairs needed and fill cavities as painlessly as possible. Nancy Lee McLure
Frank Siwiec
Frank Siwiec
14:08 24 Mar 22
My two sons, 8 and 10, are both receiving orthodontic treatment from Dr. Patti and I’ve been so happy with their progress. She is very thoughtful and thorough with her plans to give them both a healthier smile.
Francesca Calogero
Francesca Calogero
15:33 16 Mar 22
Dr. Patty what can I say..I will not go to another dentist EVER. Dr. Patty and the staff get 10 BIG stars for the never ending patience they had with me over the years. Thankyou 🙂
Marilyn Zakaluzny
Marilyn Zakaluzny
13:14 23 Feb 22
Dr. Patti and her incredible staff perfectly mix professionalism and brilliance with an ability to make patients feel right at home. I have been a patient for almost 10 years and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. From teeth cleanings to more invasive procedures, Dr. Patti's team is unmatched. Lately I have been treating for my sleep apnea. I can say without exaggeration that the device Dr. Patti prescribed and developed for me changed my life. I went from fitful nights of frequently-interrupted sleep all while snoring like a jackal, to sleeping through the night without making a sound. My wife may be happier at this development than I am. In short, whatever your dental/sleep needs, look no further than Aesthetic Dentistry.
Anthony Martine
Anthony Martine
16:47 04 Feb 22
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