In our office, Neuromuscular Dentistry emphasizes the need to establish an occlusion based upon:
- the most stable position and function of the temporomandibular joints and
- the most relaxed resting posture and function of the masticatory (chewing) muscles
This approach differs greatly from the common dentistry approach that treats the teeth and assumes the teeth, active muscles, and the jaw joints will accommodate to the treated occlusion. Treating teeth by restorative procedures (crowns, bridges, and fillings) or common orthodontics (straightening teeth) are most often done without accurately determining a correct jaw posture and a proper vertical dimension.
A Neuromuscular Dentist can determine a proper resting jaw position that affects the facial head and neck muscles, the teeth as well as the joints. A physiologic resting position and body posture is often overlooked and not even considered as an important part of the whole dental system.
Our success is in the philosophy of taking a neuromuscular approach in all facets of our dentistry including orthodontics, TMJ/myofacial pain problems and all areas of restorative and aesthetic treatments.