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Overland Park, KS 66209
Gneuromuscular Dentistry is the art and science of using the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiologic position. When there is disharmony of the teeth, the facial muscles and the temporomandibular joints….dysfunction arises. Thirty years of research and clinical experience have enabled Gneuromuscular dentists to treat this problem by restoring balance and function, thus successfully treating many different levels of pain. By finding the optimal position for the jaw, we eliminate the pain, protect the natural dentition from destructive forces, and optimize the longevity of dental restorations.
What is Gneuromuscular Dentistry?
Traditionally, dentists have concerned themselves with only hard tissue – teeth and joints. They have largely ignored the relationship of these structures to the muscles. Gneuromuscular dentistry addresses not only the dynamic relationships with the soft tissue, muscles and nerves, but also the physiologic range of motion of the jaw and body posture. This necessitates having the capability to objectively and scientifically measure muscle function and its correlation to proper jaw posture and jaw movement. These measurements have not been addressed by traditional dentists.
Who needs Gneuromuscular Dentistry?
If you suffer from any of the following, you are a terrific candidate for Gneuromuscular Treatment:
All of the above symptoms indicate a lack of harmony between the joint, muscles and nerves and should be treated.
Worn, chipping or cracked teeth
Cracking dental restorations
Headaches & Facial pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Tingling in the fingers
Ringing in the ears
Clicking or popping in the joints
Limited opening of the mouth
Clenching or bruxing
How are these problems treated?
Through the use of sophisticated computer analysis and low frequency Transcutaneous Electoneural Stimulation (TENS) we are able to bring the jaw and joints into a balanced position, thus correcting the misaligned bite and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD) symptoms. The TENS unit is designed to relax the muscles and allows us to measure the electrical activity in the muscles in order to find a position for the jaw to relate to the skull in comfort.
Through the use of Electromyography (EMG) we can accurately measure the muscles’ comfort and find a bite that will allow the muscles and joints to work together in comfort. Sonography is also used to “listen” to the joints and determine if there is disharmony or degenerative joint and disc processes at work.
The science that allows us to achieve proper jaw alignment and pain free movement has been used in medicine for years and is being used in dentistry to measure muscle dysfunction of the jaw, a major component in unraveling the mystery of chronic headaches. The data that is collected is measured objectively and a comprehensive, individualized and precise treatment plan is formulated to provide both short-term relief and long-term stable elimination of symptoms.
TMJ problems are chronic and degenerative and may take years to develop. With objective computerized data and new techniques, we are now able to offer relief for patients who have suffered the debilitating symptoms of TMD and who have previously been unable to find help.