Neuromuscular Dentistry - National Dental Care
Crack pain once and for all

Do you grind or clench your teeth? Do your head or neck muscles often feel tight? Perhaps you suffer from a combination of the two?

In many cases, any or all of these can be flow-on effects from a bite that’s not properly aligned. If that’s the case, your muscles and jaw joint will overcompensate to correct it, which can cause various painful conditions.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialist field that examines the entire system that controls the positioning and function of your jaw and neck.

A neuromuscular dentist uses modern technology and other electronic instruments to align the jaw and neck to eliminate pain and other TMJ symptoms.

Common indicators include:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder, neck and back pain
  • Clenching or grinding of your teeth and jaw
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joints
  • Jaw pain
  • Loose teeth
  • Worn or cracked teeth and fillings
  • Numbness/tingling of the arms and fingers

What is neuromuscular dentistry?

The science of NMD is based on the understanding that your jaw needs to be in its most relaxed position at rest. Your National Dental Care dentist will weigh up the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles. NMD principles will then be applied to rebuild your bite, giving you healthy muscles and joints as well as a beautiful smile.

NMD begins by relaxing the muscles around the jaw, using a Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) device. This is an ultra-low frequency unit that deprograms and relaxes muscles, allowing us to correct and re-align your bite. A K7 machine is then used to find your optimal jaw position. This very sensitive measuring tool uses electromyography, sonography and jaw-tracking scans to record your muscle tension and listen to your jaw joint, while at rest and while functioning.

What is involved in the treatment?

As a National Dental Care patient, you’ll be provided with personalised orthotic devices to gently align your jaw. In this treatment, you will wear a removable (or fixed, in some cases) dental appliance that will maintain the position of your jaw in a more relaxed position. This device is individually made for you, according to your condition or to the position of your jaw.

What other techniques are available?

Other restorative techniques are then used to restore your teeth; they can include Implants, Empress CEREC and Invisalign™.

We also offer aesthetic services including teeth-whitening and veneers. We provide custom-made individual bleaching trays, so you can achieve that beautiful smile by whitening your teeth at home.

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