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Gneuromuscular Dentistry – The Next Level of Advancement
Gneuromuscular Dentistry (GNM) is really a combined understanding and application of skill sets required to effectively treat cases comprehensively – It goes beyond the present day concepts of “Neuromuscular Dentistry” (note the spelling). It is dentistry that focuses on body alignment, optimal mandibular function and accurate occlusion that results in optimal function and form. In reality, gnathologics (Gk. study of the jaw) is a missing key to neuromuscular dentistry and neuromuscular concepts are missing key principles and concepts of gnathological teachings.
- Both Gnathologic and Neuromuscular understanding is required….it’s not a matter of one or the other – It’s BOTH!
- Clinicians need to understand to optimally apply the occlusal principles in a balanced way, thus “Gneuromuscular Occlusion”.
> Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) implements the SCIENCE of electro-diagnostic measuring technology (such as scans, EMGS and CMS (jaw tracking) data in the dental practice). It focuses on an establishing an occlusion based on physiologic parameters between the cranio and mandibular structures that are innervated by the trigeminal system (the 5th cranial nerve).
> Gneuromuscular Dentistry (GNM) relates the CLINICAL application of occlusal therapies (the gnathologics) to TMD, restorative/prosthetics and orthodontics dentistry and to their relationship to the central nervous system (CNS) as well as the autonomic nervous system (ANS) based on NMD science and technology. It’s not an academic exercise of knowledge, but rather importantly the skilled application of occlusal management disciplines at the highest level addressing how the teeth, muscles and joints optimally move and function (in HEALTH, not in dysfunction). GNM addresses these functional relationship comprehensively as they relate to the bio-physiology and neurology of the masticatory system.
GNM A Discipline of Dentistry
The concept of GNM is a discipline that requires attention to detail to the core gnathologic occlusal principles that every student of dentistry must learn and master if they desire to be world class clinicians. LEARNING the foundational gnathologic occlusal KEYS is crucial, thus enhancing a greater appreciation of technological advancements of jaw tracking and proper use and understanding of electromyography (a study of the patient responses of muscles activity relating to the muscle tonus and status of the masticatory system). Clinicians today can objectively record and measure postural responses of abnormal occlusion and correlate these diagnostic findings to TMD occlusal therapy, restorative/prosthetic dentistry and orthodontic dentistry.
Gneuromuscular Dentistry recognizes and values the use of computerized mandibular scanning (CMS), low frequency Myomonitor TENS and electromyography (EMG) as a scientific basis to apply the principles of occlusion to enhance a more complete perspective of occlusal management (gnathologics) without guessing where one’s bite should be. It which plays a significant role in dentistry by documenting and recording data to address the following areas:
- Does your patient experience masticatory dysfunction (Physiologic function, impairment, or dysfunction)?
- Does your patient experience TMJ pain (tenderness and or discomfort)?
- Does your patient have TMJ derangement problems (physical abnormal changes to the shape, form and position of the condyles within the fossa)?
If your answered yes to anyone of these three questions than GNM dentistry is designed to address these factors scientifically, clinically and practically.
GNM occlusion skills and training is the additional discipline that is a must when properly implementing CMS, EMG with low frequency TENS technology to the next level of dentistry when addressing jaw problems, cervical neck posture and muscle activity conditions relating to the masticatory system.
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