NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY and Computerized Electronic K7 Instrumentation have for the past 47 years has been a standard and leader in objective measurements of the physiologic masticatory systems responses. It was Dr. Bernard Jankelson (Father of Neuromuscular Dentistry) who first introduced the Myomonitor TENs to the profession in 1964 followed by the invention and discover of jaw tracking instrumentation (kineseograph) in 1971. Nine years later Dr. Jankelson’s son, Dr. Robert Jankelson was the primary developer of electromyography (EMGs) for Myotronics kineseograph (1980) followed by the further development of electrosonography (ESG) in 1987.
These measuring devices and objective measuring occlusal concepts have taken much criticism from many within the dental profession even to this day. Today, dentists who come to this level of history and neuromuscular appreciation continue advocating the principles and protocols that these technologies bring to many realizing them as effective aids in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD.
Whenever a new discovery is reported to the scientific world, they say first,
- “It is probably not true.”
- “Yes it may be true, but it is not important.”
- “Yes, surely it is important, but it is no longer new.”
Thereafter, when the truth of the new proposition has been demonstrated beyond question, they say, Finally, when sufficient time has elapsed to fully evidence its importance they say, Montaign 1533-1592
As the gnathic occlusal principles and techniques continue to evolve along with the progression and continued evolving of the neuromuscular measuring concepts comes Gneuromuscular (G+NM), a further advancement and refinement of the neuromuscular teachings. As some would rather say, “it’s probably not true”, or it is perhaps true, but not important and eventually they will say, “Yes, surely it is important, but it is no longer new.”
The Motto at Occlusion Connections is: “What do you not want to know” – Clayton A. Chan, DDS
CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?