During a lifetime, teeth are subjected to wear and tear. Chewing, dental work, clenching and grinding are some situations that can alter the shape and size of your teeth. Instead of treating just one area, neuromuscular dentistry assesses and treats the teeth, muscles, and joints as one unit.
Over time, the constant wearing away of tooth structure can and will alter the natural occlusion of teeth. Teeth that don’t fit together properly put added stress on the muscles and joints used in opening and closing your mouth. Many people with worn away teeth and overworked muscles and joints will develop painful conditions such as TMD (temporalmandibular disorder), migraine headaches, and ringing in the ear, to name a few.
Your trained neuromuscular dentist will discuss with you a treatment plan that aims to relieve you of your concerns while maintaining an esthetically beautiful smile.
Treatment of the neuromuscular patient begins with an assessment. Once it is determined that a neuromuscular approach is the best option for you, you will be further evaluated with a series of computer scans that help Dr. Kali pinpoint problem areas.
To achieve a proper bite your muscles will need to be relaxed. This is done by TENSing, which is the same technique used by physiotherapists to relax tired and tense muscles.
The final stage is a full mouth reconstruction. Depending on your treatment plan, your lower teeth will be fitted with a temporary orthotic as a trial of the newly adjusted neuromuscular bite (occlusion). Once it is determined that a proper occlusion has been achieved, permanent veneers will be placed by bonding onto upper and lower teeth.