Our objective at the Center for Cosmetic, Implant and Neuromuscular Dentistry is to correct the bite and realign the jaw. In short, Dr. Sid Solomon DDS first determines the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles. Then, he repositions the jaw to achieve those exact measurements. A few procedures and treatment options include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics, or full mouth reconstruction to restore the teeth to their correct positions. Dr Sid Solomon DDS will provide you with more information on the treatment options best suited for your unique case.
One procedure that is necessary for all patients seeking treatment for TMJ and for its related symptoms is the creation of an orthotic or bite splint that with regular use over time will realign the jaw into the proper position. This mouthpiece is also known as an Orthosis.
To obtain the correct mold for both evaluation and creation of a bite splint, Dr. Solomon must first obtain a mold of the jaw in its natural position. This is more difficult that one might imagine. Tense or sore muscles and clenched teeth can all pull the jaw out of its natural alignment. As a result, the patient must be completely relaxed in order to obtain a natural jaw bite for the mold.
Here at the Center for Neuromuscular Dentistry, we have developed the most effective and enjoyable process for obtaining a natural bite. Our process takes about two hours and can be as enjoyable and relaxing as a day at the spa.
First, our patients enter our tensing room, which is designed for jaw relaxation only. The room is set up just as an aromatherapy or massage room would at any high-end spa. There is soft lighting, gentle music, calming aromatherapy, a massage chair, and other clinically-proven relaxation techniques. After spending some time in this room, the patient is relieved, less tense, and the jaw sits at its natural alignment.
Once the jaw is properly aligned, a model of the jaw and bite is created, using the latest myotronics technologies. Using the K7 Computer System, designed specifically for the purposes of neuromuscular dentistry, we can create an orthosis, or prosthetic jaw mold. From there, we can determine what actions should be taken to correct your TMJ. Usually this means a jaw splint to be worn at night or during times of inactivity, to slowly ease the jaw back into place, just as braces would for your teeth. In other, more severe cases, surgery may be needed to redo the teeth or mouth completely.
You can rest assured that the specialists here at the Center for Neuromuscular Dentistry will use all of our techniques to both treat your TMJ properly and to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Do not hesitate to give us a call and schedule your consultation today. A few hours in our tensing room can be as therapeutic as an afternoon at the spa, so why wait any longer? We look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Solomon on The Doctor’s Show in July 2014
Dr. Solomon on The Doctor’s Show in October 2014
The American Dental Association has approved of our procedures.
Neuromuscular Dentistry and Gnathological Neuromuscular Dentistry use surface electromyography (SEMG), computer mandibular scanning (CMS), and sonography via a K7 unit to find the patient’s optimal bite.
The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs has awarded surface electromyography (SEMG), Computer Mandibular Scanning (CMS), and Sonography its “Seal of Acceptance”, as diagnostic aids in the management of temporomandibular disorders.
The American Dental Assoication initially recognized the use of Electromoygraphic and Computerized Mandibular Scanning Jaw Tracking Systems in January of 1986. The equipment was manufactured by Myotronics-Normed, Inc., and carried the recognition seal of the American Dental Association. These bio-instruments are recognized as safe and effective as aids in the diagnosis and treatment of muscle tension and pain associated with TMJ. This was discontinued. On June 16th, 1993, the Seal of Acceptance was granted to the Jaw Tracking (EMG-CMS) and TMJ Sonography modalities. They are now authorized to carry the acceptance seal with the following statement: “This model K7 CMS/EMG Jaw Tracking System (and ESG Electrosonogram) is acceptable as an aid in the diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders. Responsibility for the proper selection of patients for diagnostic tests and interpretation of results rests with the dentist”.