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Gneuromuscular & Neuromuscular Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

May 31, 2016

Filed under: TMJ disorder — drbushdid @ 7:43 am

You need treatment for your TMJ disorder, and you’ve heard about gneuromuscular dentistry provided by Dr. Bushdid. But… what does that mean, exactly? And how does it compare to neuromuscular dentistry, the other word you’ve heard tossed around? Let’s take a look at the two, and at the differences between gneuromuscular and neuromuscular dentistry. Relief from your aching TMJ is in sight!

First, What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

On its own, neuromuscular dentistry is a method of dentistry that uses cutting-edge dental technology to improve the alignment of the temporomandibular joint (the TMJ). A neuromuscular dentist may use sonoography (to listen to your joints), Electromyography (EMG, to measure the muscle activity, jaw tracking, and a TENS unit to determine the proper function of your jaw and to provide therapy for TMJ.

Neuromuscular dentistry has helped patients find relief, but it may not be the best method for many TMJ sufferers. Gneuromuscular dentistry theory maintains that neuromuscular dentistry on its own is not sufficient for providing relief from TMJ pain. It needs something else…

How Is Gneuromuscular Dentistry Different?

Gneuromuscular dentistry takes neuromuscular considerations and combines them with gnathology, or traditional bite management. As such, “gneuromuscular” is a combination of gnatho- and neuromuscular. In addition to finding your optimal jaw function and the proper location of your bite, gneuromuscular dentistry takes a whole-body approach to prevent chronic pain. This is especially important in patients with anterior open bites, Class II Division 2 and cervical dysfunction.  

Like with neuromuscular dentistry, your gneuromuscular dentist will use a K7 Neuromuscular Evaluation System and a TENS unit to identify where your jaw should rest — and then gnathology helps to treat your symptoms.

You may find relief from your TMJ pain using one or more of the following treatments.

  • Gneuromuscular orthotic (temporary)
  • Coronoplasty
  • Orthodontics
  • Semi-permanent orthotic
  • Full-mouth rehabilitation

Gneuromuscular dentistry is much like neuromuscular dentistry, but with the help of traditional bite management tactics for more effective treatment. In short, it’s a more comprehensive way of looking at and dealing with TMJ.

Why Seek Treatment for Your Jaw Pain?

Maybe your TMJ symptoms aren’t debilitating now, but prompt treatment should be sought for jaw pain. If you’re suffering from the following side effects of TMJ, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

  • Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Grinding sensation in the jaw
  • Jaw pain

Left ignored, TMJ dysfunction can lead to chronic headaches, ear, neck, and back pain, tingling extremities, nighttime teeth grinding, and more. Dr. Bushdid provides treatment for TMJ using gneuromuscular dentistry.

You Deserve Relief from TMJ Pain

Don’t live another day with the painful side effects of a misaligned jaw. Get in touch with your Coral Gables dentist, Dr. Bushdid, to learn how you can benefit from gneuromuscular dentistry for TMJ dysfunction. Request your appointment today!

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