Neuromuscular Dentistry

Our thanks to Dr. Curtis Westersund of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, ( who produced this video and graciously consented to our using it. It is entertaining, informative, and lays the groundwork for understanding TMD, otherwise known as TMJ dysfunction. Dr. Westersund is a fellow graduate of Las Vegas Institute for Adanced Dental Studies, also achieving Fellowship status in Neuromuscular Aesthetic Dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry recognizes that harmony between the TMJ, the position of the teeth, and the resting length of relaxed muscles of the head, neck and jaw are of paramount importance. Thirty years of research and clinical experience have identified the neuromuscular techniques that are most effective in diagnosing and treating people with various levels of head and neck pain.

Neuromuscular dentistry may relieve the pain and discomfort from which many people suffer.  If your teeth are worn down, chipped or misaligned and you have experienced any of the following symptoms, an incorrect bite or improper jaw position may be the cause of your discomfort.

  • TMJ pain
  • Clicking or grating sound in the jaw joints
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Ear pain
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Tinnitus or ear ringing
  • Ear congestion or pressure
  • Restricted jaw movement or locking

Utilizing computerized jaw tracking and muscle monitoring instrumentation, the balance of this complex system may be measured and corrected, with the ultimate goal being functional integration. The initial evaluation utilizes electromyography (EMG) to objectively look at the electrical activity of the muscles of the head and neck, identify hyperactive or fatigued muscles, and correct the problem with the neuromuscular techniques proven most effective at solving these problems.

Sonography is used to evaluate joint noises and dysfunction, while the movement of the jaw is tracked in three-dimensional space.  The muscles are then relaxed utilizing TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation), a technology upon which medical professionals rely to relieve pain caused by spasm and tension by releasing endorphins, the body’s own natural painkillers.  Through the combined use of TENS, along with computerized jaw tracking, we are then able to find the physiological rest position for the jaw that puts it in harmony with relaxed muscles.

We then analyze and integrate the objective information collected from these tests with three-dimensional x-rays of the joints to diagnose the cause and recommend the best course of action to eliminate the problem. All diagnostics and Phase I treatments offered at New Jersey Neuromuscular Dentistry Integrated Dental Aesthetics are conservative, reversible and non-surgical.

To learn more about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry and whether it is right for you, or to schedule your complimentary consultation, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, today. We look forward to hearing from you.