Today's modern aesthetic dental procedures are not always used just to create a beautiful smile. In fact, the techniques of aesthetic dentistry as taught at LVI begin with a healthy, accurate, comfortable bite as their foundation. Advances in the science of complete dentistry have taught us how to bring the jaw into a relaxed position to help alleviate years of pain and discomfort.
Neuromuscular dentistry uses the relaxed position of the muscles of the head and neck to place the jaw into an optimal physiologic position. Twenty-five years of clinical experience have shown this position to be effective in treating patients with head and neck pain.
Who is effected?
Alteration of the position of the temporomandibular joint by placing excessive pressure on the joint and tissues around them.
Twisting the jaw into a strained position. This further affects the muscles in the face, back, neck and shoulders.
Temporomandibular joint disease (also known as TMD or TMJ) affects 75 million people at any one time. It is a chronic degenerative disease that may take years to develop. People who suffer from TMD have a structural imbalance in their jaw-to-skull relationship, caused by a bad bite. This disease causes the following.
What Are The Symptoms?
Unexplained Loose Teeth
Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
Cracking, chipping and breaking restorations
Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
Pain in teeth that seems to move around
Neck, shoulder or back pain
Clicking or grating sounds in the jaw joint
Limited movement or locking jaw
Numbness in your fingers and arms
Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
How Can You Help Me?
Dr. Vaughan is well trained and highly capable of treating the neuromuscular symptoms of a patient with a poor bite (malocclusion). Following a comprehensive examination, the doctor may diagnose malocclusion and recommend a treatment plan that will correct your bite and alleviate pain and discomfort.
To correct this malocclusion, Dr. Vaughan may recommend the use of dental restorations that can precisely raise or lower areas of your bite to create a naturally comfortable position for your jaw. Dr. Vaughan's office currently uses the Myotronics K7 system in diagnosis of TMJ/TMD. He also uses a sophisticated neural muscle stimulator that exercises your facial and jaw muscles so as to bring your bite back into its most relaxed resting position. This bite registration serves as the foundation for the aesthetic restorations, and the smile is designed so that the teeth will habitually meet in this relaxed position.
How Will I Look Following The Treatment?
We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment. Patients with recessed lower jaws may have a new profile, accenting a stronger jaw line and chin. Areas of the jaw that may have protruded excessively will be pulled back in alignment. In addition, all of the restorations necessary to correct the bite will be created with consideration to the aesthetic result of the smile. Not only will this procedure correct pain, it will give patients the smile they have always dreamed about.