TMJ & Neuromuscular Dentistry

Dr. Lewis is one of the premier dentists practicing Neuromuscular Dentistry in Salt Lake City. This innovative treatment addresses the nerves, muscles, and alignment of the jaw and can relieve the pain and chronic discomfort caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorders or TMD/ TMJ. Neuromuscular Dentistry allows Dr. Lewis to achieve a perfect fit in dental solutions such as dentures and partials, and prevent TMD/TMJ from developing.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, TMD or TMJ

TMD/TMJ sufferers often experience chronic pain and the condition is often misdiagnosed and therefore goes untreated. Over time TMJ can cause other dental problems, including damage caused by grinding teeth. Symptoms of TMD/TMJ include:

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  • Headaches
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping jaw
  • Facial pain
  • Shoulder, neck, or back pain
  • Numbness in arms and fingers
  • Ringing ears (tinnitus)
  • Congested ears

 

 

 

Neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ/TMD Treatment

Neuromuscular dentistry is a dental treatment intended to correct a malalignment of the jaw at the temporomandibular joint and produce a balanced bite.  Basically, finding where your body wants your bite to be.  Dr. Jason Lewis uses several computerized instruments to measure your jaw movements and jaw muscle activity to determine the extent of your problem and to establish a physiologic rest position for the jaw.  The following are some of the measurement techniques and procedures used:

 
Sonography

Measures vibrations from the joint when you open and close your mouth to identify joint derangements. 

 
Electromyography (EMG)

Involves placing surface electrodes over the jaw muscles that pick up electrical impulses and sends them to the K7 recording instrument.  It is used to measure the activity in the muscles during various movements.

 

Jaw Tracking

Analyzes mandibular movements three dimensionally.  A headset is placed on the guest and a magnet is attached to the lower front teeth.  Recording of the lower jaw movement is then made. 

 

Tens

Ultra-low frequency electrical stimulation of the muscles to relieve muscle spasms and pain and help establish a physiologic jaw position.
Once the rest position of the jaw is determined, the guest looks at options of orthotics, dental procedures and/or orthodontics to maintain this new position.

 

 

Treating TMD/ TMJ:

Dr. Lewis offers comprehensive, effective TMD/TMJ treatment in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We begin by evaluating your bite alignment and nerve and muscle activity. This enables us to formulate a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan.

Modern technology allows us to precisely track the movements of your jaw, and determine the proper alignment. We then use transcutaneous electrical neuromuscular stimulation (TENS) to relax the muscles, stop spasms, and relieve the pain.

Dr. Lewis uses the latest technology to provide neuromuscular dentistry and TMJ solutions for you. Learn more about our guests experience with Neuromuscular Dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in our testimonials page and browse through real patient photos in our online gallery.