The goal in neuromuscular dentistry is to place the jaw joints into the best position possible for proper function and good health. This is done by working with the muscles and nerves that control the function of the bones of the jaw and teeth structures. We accomplish this by using surface electromyography (EMG) and on occasion, a low frequency TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).
Surface EMG is a worldwide standard for recording muscle function and activity. We use it in our practice in several ways to establish the presence or absence of muscle dysfunction. We then continue to use it as we correct that dysfunction. Knowing the quality of muscle activity is an important tool since it is used in many areas of general dentistry within our practice including orthodontics, implants, occlusion or bite correction, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and sleep disorders.
Our philosophy is based on training we received from Dr. Robert Grove of California, Dr. Carl Gugino of Florida, Dr. Ivan Dus of Italy and Mytronics, Inc. of Seattle, Washington.