Neuromuscular dentistry differs from “traditional” dentistry in the emphasis that is placed on the activity of the muscles that move the jaw, rather than where the teeth come together.
A neuromuscular relaxed position will ensure the activity of the muscles moving the jaws is not in conflict with the teeth and joints. Dental professionals recognise that the muscles which move the jaw must be in a comfortable and relaxed position.
Symptoms that occur when the teeth, jaws and muscles are in conflict include:
You will hear Dr Poulos explain treatment options such as occlusal splints with his explanatory catch phrases such as Face Yoga, Pilates for your Jaw, and as an Orthotic for Your Mouth.
The first goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to find the position of the jaw where the muscles are relaxed and at rest. This position in space is often irrespective to the position of the teeth.Once Dr Poulos has verified the comfortable position of the lower jaw, we can fabricate a specialised appliance that allows that jaw to close correctly. In this position, muscles are at an ideal length and will not go into spasm. Muscles will heal, pain triggers will go away and joint capsules will heal. The appliance is left in place for approximately three months, to stabilise the bite and ensure that all of the symptoms are gone.
At this point a personalised treatment plan will be decided upon.