Healthy & Comfortable Bites

Creation of a Healthy and Comfortable Bite

The secret to a healthy, comfortable, and beautiful smile starts with a sound neuromuscular bite (occlusion).

Neuromuscular dentistry (NMD) begins by relaxing the muscles around the jaw with the use of TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation). The TENS unit is a battery operated electrical muscle stimulator that delivers mild electrical stimulus to the muscles of the facial/jaw area, and possibly the neck and shoulder area. This stimulation “exercises” these muscles and causes them to relax. The optimal┬ábite position is determined by utilizing complex jaw tracking (K7) and EMG monitoring equipment to ensure a comfortable bite.

A plastic appliance called an “orthotic” will be made to keep your bite in its new position. The orthotic is a diagnostic appliance used to obtain and confirm a comfortable and stable occlusion, and it may be worn as an interim step to a more permanent treatment. Permanent treatment may include tooth recontouring, neuromuscular orthodontics, restorative dentistry or a combination of these. The end result will be a comfortable neuromuscular bite.

Learn more about the Neuromuscular Dentistry connection


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