Neuromuscular dentistry is an integrated approach to dental care that takes into consideration the teeth, gums, soft and hard tissues of the mouth along with the entire system that facilitates oral function. Focusing on the relationships of the teeth to the joints and muscles of the jaws, the goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to facilitate the optimal health and function of the orofacial complex.
A neuromuscular dentist addresses the issues of facial pain and impaired jaw movements that are associated with bite imbalances and TMJ dysfunction (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). By diagnosing and correcting bite imbalances, the neuromuscular dentist optimizes jaw alignment to promote improved functional harmony and alleviate any symptoms of a TMJ problem.
In addition, an important consideration in neuromuscular dentistry is that any new dental restorations that a patient may need are carefully designed and fabricated to preserve healthy bite relationships and functional balance.