Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry describes a treatment plan for chronic pain caused by TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction). TMD is a medical term for problems with your jaw and bite.

Dr. Anne-Maree Cole about Neuromuscular Dentistry

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Neuromuscular Dentistry


Crowns or veneers or a combination of both can be used in neromuscular dentistry – e-max ®, zirconia, metal ceramics may all be used
Adjust the position of the muscles to change the bite and alleviate chronic pain symptoms
Adjustment of bite using neuromuscular techniques and maintenance of bite, before possible restorations


Neuromuscular treatment can help reduce symptoms such as headaches or migraines, neck and shoulder pain, buzzing/ringing in the ears, sleep problems such as snoring and waking frequently, clicking  or popping of jaw, problems with smooth opening and closing of mouth.  All of these symptoms, and more can be associated with TMD.  The body becomes unbalanced. Neuromuscular treatment involves establishing harmony in your jaw position to alleviate the tension on the muscles and relieve the pain symptoms that you may be suffering.  There are several stages to neuromuscular treatment:
Stage 1 – Tensing – removal of lactic acid to relax muscles in jaw and neck
Stage 2 – Orthotic – placed over the teeth in your lower jaw to maintain ideal muscle function
Stage 3 – Adjustments – several adjustments of the orthotic to fine tune ideal position
Stage 4 – Possible permanent restorations on your teeth to maintain your newly established bite

Neuromuscular Dentistry step by step

  • Step 01: Assessment by Neuromuscular Dental Practitioner
  • Step 02: Relaxing the muscles (tensing) and establishing a new bite position
  • Syep 03: Orthotic placed over lower teeth to bring muscles into new bite position
  • Step 04: Adjustments to bite over several months
  • Step 05: Dentist takes impressions for wax up at Lab
  • Step 06: Teeth are prepped at Surgery and provisionals are produced from wax up
  • Step 07: Attend Lab for colour selection
  • Step 08: Restorations are produced at Lab
  • Step 09: Insertion of restorations at Dental surgery
  • NOTE: Usually a full mouth rehabilitation is required in a neuromuscular case. One arch is restored at a time, starting with the upper arch.
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