Neuromuscular dentistry is a process that involves skilled dental professionals working with the muscles and nerves of the body to create maximum balance, function, and of course, comfort. This area of dental expertise especially focuses on establishing the correct positioning of the jaw. With neuromuscular dentistry, dentists can diagnose problems and positively change structures controlled by the 5th and 7th cranial nerves. Because these nerves contain 60 percent of the cranial nerve mass, they can greatly impact our overall sense of well-being.
When these muscles are in a relaxed, comfortable position, joints and teeth work together harmoniously. But if these muscles are out of alignment due to a host of possible problems, including chipped or loose teeth, TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), myofacial pain, severe headaches, and potentially, pain in other regions of the body, can occur.
First, a dental professional determines the jaw’s optimal positioning by taking measurements of the jaw when the head and neck muscles are completely relaxed and then working with the jaw to reposition it to achieve these exact measurements. A poorly aligned bite is typically not that difficult to correct. Varied treatments include bite adjustments, orthodontics and orthotics.