What’s the difference between cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry?

The main difference between cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry is that one deals with the teeth while the other deals with muscles. When your mouth or jaw hurts, treating your teeth might not always be the answer. “Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach that focuses on jaw alignment. We determine the ideal position of your jaw so that the upper and lower teeth come together, says TMJ specialist Dr. Kathy Frazar from the Houston Dentists. “This realignment alleviates stress for your jaw muscles and gets rid of the painful symptoms associated with TMJ like migraines.”

How does TMJ specialist Dr. Kathy Frazar determine neuromuscular problems?

When you visit The Houston Dentists in Bellaire, Houston for neuromuscular dentistry we fist use a low-frequency TENS unit. We deliver small electrical impulses that increase blood flow to your jaw and relax the jaw muscles. About an hour later your jaw finds its optimal positioning. Dr. Kathy Frazar and her dental team at the Houston Dentists in Bellaire, Houston then record the proper jaw alignment with their K-7 scanning unit and develop 3D-images. “The K-7 also allows us to measure electrical activity in the muscles, so we can check if the positioning decreases muscle activity,” says TMJ specialist Dr. Kathy Frazar. “The K-7 even has measure sounds too, so we can verify if your jaw joint is damaged.”

Neuromuscular dentistry treatment plans at the Houston Dentists

Once we’ve measured and took note of all the important results, we typically start with a conservative treatment plan. We’ll create a custom orthotic appliance which will hold your jaw in the proper position that’s unique to your mouth. “You’ll wear the orthotic device for about three months to stabilize your bite,” says TMJ specialist Dr. Kathy Frazar. The Houston Dentists then determine where you’re at with symptoms, comfort and/or pain. You might need further treatment such as orthodontics, tooth restoration, bite adjustment or wear your custom orthotic appliance for longer.

If you want to learn more about neuromuscular dentistry, or to make an appointment for your assessment and consultation, call The Houston Dentists today. Don’t you deserve relief?

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