Neuromuscular dentistry involves the analysis, diagnosis, and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ) – a common condition that millions of Americans suffer from every day. The misaligned bite that is at the root of TMD can cause everything from chronic headaches to neck and back pain, prompting more and more people to turn to their dentists for relief.
Relieving symptoms of TMD often requires holistic care from a qualified dentist. For more information about our neuromuscular dentistry services in the Norman, Oklahoma area, please call 405-622-8996 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Terry Bass.
Not an Isolated Field of Dentistry
People often think of neuromuscular dentistry as something completely separate from general and cosmetic dentistry. In reality, neuromuscular dentistry works best when its principles are integrated with all types of dental treatment.
For example, if you are missing teeth and need to have dental implants or dental bridges placed, Dr. Terry Bass will carefully craft your restorations (dental crowns) to ensure that your jaw and muscles are in their ideal resting position whenever you close your mouth. He can determine your jaw’s ideal rest position by using a neuromuscular diagnostic device called a TENS unit.
Restoring Your Bite with Cosmetic Dentistry
The friction created by a misaligned bite can cause structural problems with your teeth, including:
- Premature wear
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can help correct your jaw alignment by rebuilding your teeth and improving your bite. For instance, dental bonding can re-shape teeth that are too small or overly worn, and tooth recontouring can be used to balance out teeth that are too long or overlapping.
Whenever Dr. Bass is performing a cosmetic dentistry treatment, the health and functionality of your teeth are just as much of a concern as their appearance. He will carefully check your bite before, during, and after a procedure to ensure your teeth are fitting together properly.
If you have further questions about neuromuscular dentistry and how it enhances our approach to cosmetic dentistry, please contact the office of Terry Bass, DDS, via our online form or by phone at 405-622-8996 today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Norman neuromuscular dentist. We also serve patients in the Edmond, Lawton, and Oklahoma City areas of Oklahoma.