NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY Muscles, joints & teeth

Where traditional dentistry focuses on the teeth, neuromuscular dentistry is concerned with the muscles and joints of the jaw, and how they work together to influence your bite. And your bite is central to every major dental procedure, your overall oral health and your general wellbeing. An imperfect bite can be the cause of—or severely aggravate—head and neck pain, and many associated complaints. These include:

jaw/neck/facial pain
jaw clenching/teeth grinding
jaw joint clicking/popping
limited jaw movement/mouth opening
difficulty chewing/swallowing
ringing in the ears

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding is such a common condition, it even has a name: bruxism. Many people grind or clench their teeth while they’re asleep or during times of stress. And they’re often not aware of it. Perhaps your partner has brought your grinding to your attention. Or maybe your children grind their teeth – the sound can often be heard beyond the bedroom. Of course, the grinding and clenching of the teeth are part of the normal eating process. However, bruxism can lead to all sorts of problems – in addition to irritating partners and parents:

worn-down or loose teeth
sore or enlarged jaw muscles
damaged jaw joints
cracked teeth
broken fillings
ear and hearing problems

Bite splints

A splint is primarily designed to reduce wear on your teeth from grinding. At the same time, the appliance also reduces the risk of cracked teeth and problems associated with the loss of tooth enamel. It is a customised, precision-made device constructed specifically to the shape and contours of your own teeth and mouth

Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry concentrates on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and snoring – the most common sleep-related medical disorder. For those suffering OSA, breathing is interrupted by a physical blocking of airflow to the lungs – despite the body’s innate capacity and best efforts to continue breathing while we sleep.