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Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD)


Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the way your teeth and your muscles and jaw joint work together to affect your bite (also known as occlusion). If you have a misaligned bite your muscles and jaw joint will overcompensate to correct it and this can cause a variety of painful conditions.

Neuromuscular dentistry’s goal is to achieve the neuromuscular bite. This approach addresses the causes, not just the symptoms of your dental health. The central concept of neuromuscular dentistry is the role of occlusion. Occlusion is simply the name given to the manner in which your teeth come together. As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Breazeale understands having your muscles, joints, and teeth all working together in harmony is the key to your overall dental health.

Dr. Breazeale uses the K7 Evaluation System from Myotronics, (similar to an EKG), to measure, display, and store objective data on the physiologic and anatomical movements of your jaw. The objective data from jaw tracking, electromyography and joint sonography gives Dr. Breazeale vital information to make a TMJ diagnosis and create your customized treatment plan. Click here to learn more about TMJ Treatment Options.
Once this information has been recorded and evaluated, Dr. Breazeale will then use The Ultra Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, (commonly known as TENS), to help place the muscles of the face and neck into a state of physiological rest. Once this has been achieved, he will utilize the jaw tracking instrumentation and record the trajectory the jaw takes as you open and close your mouth. Your muscles, teeth and the temporomandibular joints are all working together in physiologic harmony. The end result is a position of occlusion that is called the neuromuscular bite. Click here to learn more about TMJ Treatment Options.

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Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD)