A healthy smile begins with healthy function
Physiologic (neuromuscular) dentistry measures the relaxed position of head and neck muscles to determine the optimal physiological position of the jaw and then repositions the jaw to achieve ideal occlusion, or bite position. Physiologic dentistry techniques can especially benefit people with Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) and neck compression. When teeth, muscles and joints are in harmony, symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction can be alleviated. This position also requires a special computer to find. Furthermore, splits and mouth guards are a guess and cannot find your physiologic position.
Neuromuscular Dentistry Services
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Clinical Signs
- Headaches, including migraines
- Neck/Shoulder pain
- Ear congestion
- Clenching and grinding
- Loose teeth
- Facial pain
- Worn down teeth/Flat teeth
- Forward head posturing
- Sensitive and sore teeth
- Ringing in the ears/Vertigo
- Clicking/popping in the joints
- Limited opening of the mouth
- Tingling in the fingertips
- Jaw pain
- Cervical/neck problems
Finding your ideal Physiologic jaw position is paramount before final restoration begins. It prevents muscular imbalances that may otherwise lead to instability of teeth, bone and body posture. Dr. Garza can also restore an entire mouth to proper form and function by assessing occlusion (bite position), the muscles of the jaw and the supporting hard and soft tissue structures of the temporomandibular joi nts.
Neuromuscular Dentistry vs. Traditional Dentistry
What is Neuromuscular dentistry and how does it differ from traditional dentistry?
Traditional dentistry focuses mainly on the hard tissues of the mouth – teeth and bone. In contrast, physiologic dentistry addresses how your entire physical system relates to oral function. It accounts for hard tissue, soft tissue, muscles and nerves, and how they relate to body posture and physiologic range of motion.
A comprehensive, physiologic evaluation will allow Dr. Garza to accurately diagnose and develop a treatment plan that can best meet your needs for long-term optimal dental health and comfort!
We believe it is important to keep up with the most up-to-date technological equipment and materials available. Not only does new technology help us to complete dental procedures more quickly, with greater precision, less pain but there are longer lasting results. This makes your visit more pleasurable for you as well as for us.
Here is a short list of some of the technological equipment we use in our Gilbert, Arizona office to help us diagnose and treat our guests:
Computerized Jaw Tracking Instrumentation
Used to record jaw movements, range of motion, path of closure, protrusive guidance, rest positions, habitual centric occlusion, and to determine freeway space.
Used to monitor the muscles in function.
Records jaw joint sounds and helps detect abnormalities.
Myo-monitor (low frequency TENS)
Used to relax hyperactive facial and jaw muscles.
3D radiographs to evaluate jaw joint condition, position and neck compression.
Finding your ideal physiologic jaw position is paramount before final restoration begins. It prevents muscular imbalances that may otherwise lead to instability of teeth, bone, and body posture. Dr. Garza can restore an entire mouth to proper form and function by assessing occlusion (bite position), the muscles of the jaw, and the supporting hard and soft tissue structures of the temporomandibular joints as well as assessing compression of the neck. Restoring in any other position may lock you into an existing pathology or “diseased” position.