Specialised Dentistry > Neuromuscular Dentistry

Only a small percentage of general dentists understand the concept of neuromuscular dentistry. We have extensively studied this unique field of dentistry through the Las Vegas Global Institute, and also by completing the mini residency program of Dr. Steven Olmos from San Diego, USA.

Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the problems of the head and neck region, which could be related to problems in other parts of your body. Most neuromuscular problems can originate from the head and neck region, causing dysfunctions in lower parts of the body. However, the vice versa is also true. Your entire body is linked through a complex system of nerves, muscles and bones. A fault in one part of this system can be reflected in another part of the system because of its connectivity. The key is to diagnose where the problem is coming from and treat appropriately the cause of the symptoms. Often, the problems are in more than one part of the system, indicating the need for different types of health practitioners to be involved in the treatment, such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, respiratory physicians, etc.

From the dental perspective, the problems in the head and neck region are usually related to imbalances of the jaw joints, the muscles, and the dental occlusion (the way the upper and lower teeth bite together). Other factors that may be important are inability to nasal breathe correctly, obstructions in the upper airway, and bad parafunctional habits, such as prolonged thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.