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:
Shoulder, neck, or back pain
Numbness in arms and fingers
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:
Measures vibrations from the joint when you open and close your mouth to identify joint derangements.
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.
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.
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.
Get the smile you desire and deserve. Dr. Lewis strives to improve the appearance, function and health of your teeth and help you achieve your perfect smile.
Generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as “cosmetic dentists” regardless of their specific education, specialty, training and experience in the field. Dr. Jason Lewis has had extensive training and experience in this area of dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry may involve:
- addition of a dental material to teeth or gums – examples: bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts;
- removal of tooth structure or gums – examples: enameloplasty, gingivectomy;
- adding or removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums – examples: (bleaching), teeth whitening; and/or
- straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face – orthodontics.
Contouring is an instant treatment to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth and even overlapping teeth in just one session. The dental contouring procedure can sometimes be a substitute for braces.
This process uses an enamel-like dental composite material and is applied directly to the tooth’s surface. Dr. Lewis will sculpt, shape, harden and polish the composite creating a new surface that enhances your smile without discomfort or irritation.
A dental bridge is used to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. This prosthetic is placed between two porcelain crowns that are attached to your own teeth. Dr. Lewis has many options to fit your unique dental and cosmetic needs. We offer fixed bridges, a permanent solution to replace one or more missing teeth and cantilever bridges, to correct teeth in your smile line. A bridge will look and feel like your own teeth and can reduce your risk of gum disease, correct bite issues and even improve your speech. With a commitment to consistent oral hygiene your bridge will last ten years or more.
These ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates are bonded directly to your teeth. A great option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. Our dental veneers are made from the highest quality porcelain and crafted by a trained and certified dental technician. In most cases Veneers require just two visits to complete, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure.
Many people have straight teeth, but feel that their smile is impeded by an excessive gum line. Dr. Lewis can raise and sculpt your gum line to attain the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth. Gum tissue heals quickly and with little discomfort. This remarkably simple procedure can make an incredible difference in your smile.
This procedure is a great option for people who struggle with excessive wear to their teeth caused by grinding or acid reflux. Bite reclamation opens the bite, increases vertical dimension and can even remove unwanted wrinkles. This procedure gives a more youthful appearance and often eliminates the need for plastic surgery.
State of the Art Materials
Our innovative practice provides you with the best, most ascetically pleasing fillings and tooth restorations. We use only the highest quality composite and porcelain materials to give you the appearance of natural tooth structure. Unlike silver fillings (amalgams) our treatments are entirely free of mercury and provide a safer, longer lasting solution.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Dental implants are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance
A surgical device is used to replace one or more missing teeth by fusing to bone and supporting a crown, bridge of teeth, denture, facial prosthetic or to act as an orthodontic anchor. The term “dental implant” refers to that portion of the structure in the bone. Other functional components may be attached to make the device functional including an abutment, to pass through the gums, an abutment screw to secure the abutment to the implant and prosthetic teeth which attach to the abutment. Collectively, the fixture and components create the dental prosthetic.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
Improved Oral Health
Dental implants don’t require reducing existing healthy teeth like a tooth-supported bridge sometimes requires. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Traditional orthodontic treatments often use force braces fixed to the teeth, which are worn all the time. Epigenetic Orthodontics is different because instead of using mechanical forces to move teeth, a patented removable Daytime-Nighttime Appliance® (or DNA appliance®) is worn during the evening and night, and this allows the body to gently correct the positions of the teeth in its own natural way.
The DNA diagnostic support and treatment solutions provide the tools for natural jaw development and airway remodeling through craniofacial enhancement. In addition, the DNA appliance® protocols are effective in addressing issues such as TMD and obstructive sleep apnea in both adults and children without using surgery, drugs or injections.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.
There are different degrees of central nervous system depression, each corresponding to a level of relaxation which ranges from minimal, moderate, to deep sedation. In general, minimal sedation refers to a patient who has reduced anxiety but is readily responds to verbal or physical stimulation. With moderate sedation the patient is even more relaxed, and will respond to purposeful stimulation. In deep sedation, the patient may not exhibit any signs of consciousness and therefore be unresponsive to stimulation.
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