November 2, 2016
When we smile, people simply see our teeth and gum tissue reflecting our emotions and of course, our personalities. Traditional dentistry ensures the health of those hard and soft oral tissues and focuses on restoring their structure and aesthetics. However, neuromuscular dentistry goes beyond that. It recognizes that the connective tissue, muscles and nerves of the mouth, face and neck interplay and impact overall health and function. For expertise in neuromuscular dentistry, people turn to experienced dentist in Fremont, Dr. James Block.
Harmony is Natural
Our bodies were created to work in harmony. In other words, its various parts and systems must operate together so we can work, play and socialize. However, when parts or systems are not balanced, harmony is disrupted, and comfort, well-being and function suffer.
Neuromuscular dentistry is that branch of dentistry which ensures harmony of the teeth, gums, bone structure and connective tissue of the face, jaw and neck. Neuromuscular dentist in Fremont, James Block DDS, has studied this dental specialty extensively and through it, helps his patients overcome:
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
- Misaligned dental bites
- Discomforts and chronic pain associated with overworked facial muscles
The key is correct diagnosis of where joints, muscles, teeth and other soft tissues are out of harmony. Then, Dr. Block works to correct the deficiencies and restore proper balance to joint function, dental bite and other related issues. When these factors work together correctly, facial and jaw muscles relax when they are not being used to bite, speak or smile, alleviating tension and pain.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuromuscular Problems
Dr. Block uses comprehensive oral examination, digital X-rays and CT (computerized tomography) scans to get a complete picture of how a smile functions. How do teeth come together? Are facial muscles relaxed when not in use, or are they continually tense and overworked? What effect does a poor bite have on the jaw joints? Dr. Block and his team work to fully understand these and other issues in order to provide corrective treatment.
Simply put, neuromuscular dentistry aims to relieve pain, to allow teeth to wear evenly and to stabilize the bite and jaw joint function. Dr. Block frequently uses TENS, or transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation, to relax tense musculature and connective tissue. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), TENS is non-invasive, painless and performed right in the dental office.
TENS may be combined with oral orthotics, custom-fabricated lower bite splints which correct the pressures exerted on teeth and joints. Alone or along with placement of crowns and veneers to even bites, orthotics give patients substantial relief from TMJ and other neuromuscular dental issues.
Additionally, Dr. Block designs and places full dentures with the principles of neuromuscular dentistry in mind. Neuromuscular dentures better support facial features for a more youthful appearance. They also distribute the forces of biting and chewing for less oral irritation. Plus, neuromuscular dentures appear more like natural teeth as their design accommodates the movement of the jaw and mouth as patients eat, speak and smile. Finally, these innovative dentures help patients retain more jaw bone density than traditional prosthetics.
Look Good and Feel Good
When your smile is balanced, you can achieve both. Contact James Block Dentistry for a consultation about your jaw pain, headaches or poorly functioning traditional dentures. You’ll receive the most expert of care for a harmonious smile.
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