neuromuscular dentistry

Drs. Brian and Robert Klaich have earned fellowships at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  This signifies a commitment to continuing education at the highest postgraduate level in cosmetic, restorative, and neuromuscular dental education. 


What is Neuromuscular Dentistry?


Neuromuscular Dentistry is a unique discipline performed by specially-trained dentists. It is an approach to treatment of specific signs and symptoms that we recognize are related to having pathologic occlusion, or a ‘bad bite.’


The position of our jaw is primarily determined by the hard tissues, i.e. the joints and the teeth. If this position is not precisely where the muscles are relaxed and comfortable, signs and symptoms will likely occur. Some of these signs and symptoms may include:

Severely Worn Teeth                         Neck Pain

Migraines                                             Headaches

Clenching                                            Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ear)

Overclosure (Deep Bite)                     Forward Head Posture

Jaw Pain                                               Tooth Pain and Sensitivity


What is an optimal bite?


The optimal bite is the position of the jaw (in relation to the skull) that the surrounding muscles are most relaxed with. It is the goal of the neuromuscular dentist to find this optimal bite, using equipment that provides nerve-mediated muscle relaxation and computerized feedback from the muscles. The doctor can then use the optimal bite to make a removable orthotic for pain therapy or establish the position to rebuild the bite with porcelain restorations or orthodontic movement. The optimal bite position can also be used to make a Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM) for a non-symptomatic patient to enhance flexibility and athletic performance.


How can headaches and migraines be related to a bad bite?


A majority of pain experienced in the head and neck region comes from the muscles.   Muscles produce pain when they are not comfortable within the position they are forced to function. The pain comes from a buildup of lactic acid in the fatigued muscle or tension that the overworked muscle is placing on another structure. When the system is overloaded with too much tension from the muscle, and sometimes enhanced with certain stimuli, the migraine occurs.


How can neck pain be related to a bad bite?


Your head is essentially a 14 lb. bowling ball sitting on a pencil. What keeps your head upright? Muscles! The muscles on the back of your head and neck offset the muscles on the front of your head and neck. All of the major muscle groups on the front of your head and neck are in some way attached to your jaw. When the jaw is not in an optimal position, the muscles of the neck can be affected due to this relationship.

















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