Gneuromuscular dentistry is a type of specialty care that is related to jaw and joint movement disorders. Most gneuromuscular dental care focuses on the temporomandibular joint because it’s what allows your jaws to move around each other. The goal of gneuromuscular dental care is to restore full function to your mouth.
Who Are Candidates for Gneuromuscular Dental Services?
You may be a candidate for gneuromuscular dental services if you have difficulty with chewing, biting, or swallowing food. Protruding jaws and open bites are also reasons to get gneuromuscular dental care. Your dentist may also suggest this specialty care if you have speech problems or breathing problems due to a misaligned jaw.
Conditions Treated by Gneuromuscular Dentistry
Gneuromuscular dentistry can correct problems such as uneven growth of your jaws. If you have a birth defect that caused a jaw problem, gneuromuscular surgery may be able to fix it. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction can also be treated with gneuromuscular dental surgery.
Gneuromuscular Dental Treatments
Gneuromuscular dental treatments use state-of-the-art technology to produce 3D images of your mouth. Your dentist may use sonography, or ultrasound, to find the place in your temporomandibular joint where the joint is dysfunctional. Electromyography may also be used in order to get a measure of the muscle activity in your jaws when you yawn, smile, talk, or chew. Jaw tracking can also be performed. This is a study in which the movement of your jaws is analyzed while you perform basic movements such as chewing or speaking. You may also have TENS, or ultra-low frequency electrical stimulation of your jaw muscles, to reduce pain and muscular spasms.
Call the office of Cam Kesteven, DDS, today to learn more about gneuromuscular dentistry services.