Our Specialists May Help You Avoid Orthognathic Surgery
Aimed at correcting a wide range of dental irregularities, including temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and misalignment of jaws and teeth, Orthognathic Surgery is not a new technique or area of surgery. The idea associated with jaw surgery began decades ago, and advancements in dentistry have made the procedure easier and more predictable. In the same way, however, non-surgical alternatives have proven effective for many patients, making Orthognathic Surgery unnecessary in many cases.
With a unique approach to dental treatment, our specialists may help patients avoid Orthognathic Surgery. This begins with a careful and precise evaluation of the patient's jaw and bite. In some cases, a small TENS unit is placed on each side of the individual's jaw to pulse and relax the muscles. By doing so, we can best determine the patient's bite in the "rested position" when muscles are relaxed.
We have experienced professionals who will begin to map out an alternative treatment that may consist of expanding the palate, establishing a bite that brings the upper and lower jaw into harmony, braces, and dental bonding to secure the patient's new, healthy bite.
Neuromuscular Dentistry and Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics
The philosophy behind Neuromuscular Dentistry is bringing balance to the relationship between the temporomandibular joint and an individual's bite, while serving as a weak jaw treatment. Using instruments such as electrodes, jaw tracking devices, and sonography, dentists measure movements of the jaw as well as the muscle activity during movement.
After an individual's natural bite is determined (in the resting position), we will often suggest expanding the arch, giving the tongue and crowded teeth more space. A clear, removable appliance is then placed over the teeth. This is typically worn for a few months, helping the patient establish a bite where the top and bottom teeth fit more appropriately. Once the bite is realized, we can apply tooth-colored composite bonding to the biting surfaces of the back two teeth. In the same way, the composite is applied to the back of the two front teeth. This stabilizes and maintains the individual's bite. Braces, or Neuromuscular Functional Orthodontics, are used next to bring teeth into balance with the patient's new bite. Treatment is estimated at 6 months to 1 year.
When it comes to facial pain, chronic headaches and neck pain, and other symptoms associated with TMD, it's likely that the muscles and joints are overworked. As a promising non-surgical alternative to Orthognathic Surgery, we invite patients to explore the possibilities of Neuromuscular Dentistry. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. It's time to enjoy your life—without pain.