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Neuromuscular Dentistry Sydney

Hills Dental Design’s Holistic Care Approach

At Hills Dental Design in Pennant Hills we offer a variety of treatments to regain a harmonious relationship between jaw functionality, alignment and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

Neuromuscular Dentistry considers the entire system that is used to open and close the mouth – not just the teeth, bones and gums but the hard and soft tissues, muscles and nerves too. Neuromuscular dentistry is focused on restoring jaw alignment and balance for patients experiencing pain or reduced functionality. It is a holistic approach to dental care.

Jaw Misalignment

Jaw function can be a major factor in many types of pain or functional problems one may experience. This is due to the inter-relationship of the overall musculoskeletal system. Genetics, habit, orthodontics, dental restorations and tooth extraction can cause teeth and the jaw to shift, if teeth don’t fit together properly the muscles and joints work to get them together. Misalignment often leads to overworked muscles and various painful conditions. Symptoms of jaw misalignment include:

  • Jaw joint pain, noise or clicking
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Difficulty chewing and swallowing
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • TMD

TMD Disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a chronic degenerative disease that can take years to develop. TMD is often caused by a badly aligned bite and an imbalance in the jaw-to-skull relationship. There are a number of various causes of jaw function ailments that are not necessarily related to the jaw joints. Neuromuscular dentistry addresses all the factors that lead to head and neck pain and reduced jaw function, whilst providing the correct treatment procedures necessary to eliminate any causes of discomfort.

Restoring Your Smile

To provide optimum bite functionality, healthy muscles and joints and a beautiful smile, the team at Hills Dental Design will examine and evaluate the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles to create a custom treatment plan tailored to your needs. Data gathered from non-invasive electronic instruments will indicate the major contributing factors to your condition and potential treatment options. A common treatment in the correction of alignment issues is use of an orthotic, which is a custom made appliance worn over or fixed to the teeth to maintain the optimum neuromuscular bite position.

If you are suffering from a neuromuscular dental issue or are looking for more information about diagnosis and treatments, contact us today!



Neuromuscular Dentistry Sydney | Hills Dental Design
(02) 9484 1913