Neuromuscular dentistry is the practice of approaching dental treatment with utmost concern for the patient’s occlusion (the way the teeth come together).
Why Is Occlusion Important?
When a patient’s bite is out of whack, a plethora of problems can ensue. One of the most commonly known issues is TMJ. This can lead to headaches, neck, jaw and shoulder pain and even dizziness and ringing in the ears. But poor occlusion also leads to the wearing down of teeth, which exposes nerves and can be incredibly painful. When the bite doesn’t come together properly and teeth begin to wear, chewing your food or even just talking can lead to agony.
Spokane based neuromuscular dentist Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins have trained extensively in treating such issues and continue to explore the most leading-edge technologies for doing so. If you would like to talk to them about your own concerns, please feel free to contact our office.
How Does Neuromuscular Dentistry Work?
Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins first diagnoses any neuromuscular issues with a K7 computer evaluation system that outputs invaluable clinical data on how your bite is currently aligned. They will then begin treatment with the TENS, which electronically massages the muscles in your jaw. Many patients report an immediate relief in their TMJ symptoms, including pain, after TENSing. Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins will ultimately resolve your neuromuscular problem with one or a combination of the following:
- Coronoplasty – making small adjustments to the shape of a tooth to correct bite issues.
- A Neuromuscular Orthotic – facilitates joint decompression and muscle relaxation.
- Full Mouth Reconstruction – every tooth that contributes to the misalignment of your bite is changed with a crown or a veneer so that your occlusion is perfected.
The First Step Toward Neuromuscular Dentistry Treatment
If you’ve suffered with bite issues for any length of time and you recognize that it is time for a change, email our Spokane neuromuscular dentistry office today, or call our office at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley. Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins will help you with your pain and give you a great looking smile at the same time!