What Is A Neuromuscular Dentist?

Serving Spokane, Washington and the surrounding areas

You know that you have more than just teeth in your mouth—shouldn’t your dentist? Unlike the traditional dentist whose primary concern is the health of your dentition (your teeth), a neuromuscular dentist, such as Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins in Spokane, is concerned with the total health of the patient as it pertains to the patient’s bite. This of course includes your teeth, but it also includes your bones, muscles, tendons, and nerves.

A neuromuscular dentist performs every procedure just a little bit different than other dentists. Find out how that difference benefits the look, function, and comfort of your smile. Please call 509-368-7788 (Spokane) or 509-228-3998 (Spokane Valley) or email Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today for an appointment at our Spokane or Spokane Valley location.

Treating TMJ: A Neuromuscular Dentist’s Specialty

TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder, also called TMD, occurs when the function of your bite is out of harmony. The muscles, teeth, and bones aren’t working together properly, which can lead to clicking, popping, or discomfort in the jaw. It can also cause damage or wear on your teeth. But because the muscles of your jaw work with those in your neck and head, the effects can go beyond your mouth, including headaches, ringing in the ears, neck pain, even numbness or tingling in your fingers.

A neuromuscular dentist is trained in identifying and treating TMJ and can provide relief for those symptoms your doctor may not be able to treat—may not even believe.

The Benefits of Neuromuscular Dentistry for All Procedures

Neuromuscular dentistry is more than just treating TMJ, it’s an entirely different way of looking at dentistry that can improve the appearance, comfort, and durability of your dental restorations.

For example, if you crack a tooth, your traditional dentist may want to just put a dental crown on it, but a neuromuscular dentist will ask “why did that tooth crack?” and identify the bite imbalance that will crack the dental crown the way it did the tooth.

This is especially important when using porcelain veneers to restore worn, chipped, or cracked front teeth. Under normal conditions, porcelain veneers are highly durable and will last for decades, but a bad bite will destroy them.

A neuromuscular dentist will also look at the impact a dental restoration may have on your current bite, and will never give you a crown or filling that will cause you long-term discomfort or poor fit.

Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins received specialized training in neuromuscular dentistry from The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, the premier neuromuscular dental institute in the world. They are now clinical instructors at this neuromuscular dentistry school.

If you live in Spokane or Spokane Valley and you’re searching for a neuromuscular dentist that ensures your smile is as healthy, comfortable, and durable as it is attractive, contact contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics or make an appointment online.