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Neuromuscular Dentistry in Bentleigh East

Neuromuscular & Holistic Dentist Melbourne

Traditionally, dentists have been associated only with teeth and issues directly related to them, such as decay, pain or aesthetics.

What some dentists discovered was that there is a close relationship between oral health and the overall health of the whole body. This is generally referred to as Neuromuscular or Physiologic Dentistry. It is about optimising the body’s physiology, restoring balance and creating harmony between the muscle and nervous systems which co-ordinate jaw function and its two-way connection with the rest of the body.

Neuromuscular Dentistry is a Holistic Approach to Patient Care

It specifically looks at the relationship between the teeth, muscles and jaw joints, and how these can potentially cause a range of disruptions in the body.

The most common condition that this type of dentistry focusses on is the treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which is commonly called TMD or TMJ Disorder.

Patients who suffer from TMJ Disorder often present with symptoms like:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Migraines
  • Facial or neck pain
  • Grinding or clenching of jaw
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Clicking or popping jaw
  • Unrestful sleep

Treating these symptoms with neuromuscular dentistry can help to relieve the problems without the use of surgery or heavy medication.

Neuromuscular Dentistry isn’t Just For Treating TMJ Disorder

Neuromuscular dentistry doesn’t just apply to poor bite alignment or TMJ Disorder. It also applies to any cosmetic or orthodontic improvements a patient wishes to have done. The advantage that a neuromuscular dentist offers is that they can monitor the impact that these changes will have on the harmony of the system. Should you undergo a treatment such as Invisalign or porcelain veneers, this will have an impact on the positioning of the teeth and jaw, and should be considered alongside treatment.

How Does Dr Maratos Treat Neuromuscular Problems?

Firstly, Dr Maratos will assess your mouth and jaw, including the level of tension or relaxation in your muscles. Once this has been established, he will then determine what will ultimately be the best position for your bite. Lastly, he will offer a range of non-surgical options that will gradually help your muscles learn to support your jaw comfortably and pain-free.

Dr Ian Maratos is known for his holistic approach to dentistry in Bentleigh East and Melbourne. He has treated a range of patients who have suffered from neuromuscular conditions like TMJ. He also applies this holistic approach to all other treatments offered at DesignDentistry. If you have found that you are experiencing symptoms like chronic headaches or migraines, contact us to arrange an appointment at our modern dental practice.

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Further Learning

Dr Maratos is a member of The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI Global). LVI Global are dedicated to the progress of the dental profession through the integration of comprehensive diagnosis, contemporary techniques and technology. For further learning about the latest developments in dentistry, see their YouTube channel.

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Holistic Dentist Melbourne | Contact (03) 9570 3128 for Information about Neuromuscular Dentistry