Straight Teeth Talk: Neuromuscular dentistry
By By Mac Lee
July 10, 2012 at 2:10 a.m.
I was recently a featured speaker for an International neuromuscular dentistry seminar in Seattle. It was quite an honor to speak to dentists from all over the world, such as Russia, Switzerland and England, just to name a few. To top it off, the weather in Seattle was perfect for the weekend.
The seminar was sponsored by Myotronics, a Seattle-based company that manufactures equipment that relaxes chewing muscles, tracks their activity and can track the jaw in space at the same time. Using this system of diagnosis and treatment is called neuromuscular dentistry.
This particular neuromuscular technology is used when people have signs and symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder. The technology's purpose is to help dentists find a better, more comfortable position for the jaw.
In today's stressful times, TMD is becoming a huge issue along with sleep apnea. Apnea and TMD tend to go hand-in-hand; if one has apnea, more than likely they have TMD.
Signs of TMD • Teeth that are worn, especially in the front. Teeth that are worn, especially in the front.
• Teeth that have notches at the gum line Teeth that have notches at the gum line
• People who have multiple root canals People who have multiple root canals
• People who have teeth that break People who have teeth that break
• People who clench and grind People who clench and grind
• Sleep apnea Sleep apnea
Symptoms of TMD• Tension headaches Tension headaches
Painful muscles at the base of the neck• Ears that feel clogged or that ringEars that feel clogged or that ring
• Pain behind eyes Pain behind eyes
• Jaw joints that pop Jaw joints that pop
The reason I was invited to speak is because I am known in the dental industry for having the ability to take complex concepts and explain them in a way the public understands. Highly trained professionals, doctors, dentists, engineers, accountants, etc., sometimes have a hard time explaining things in simple terms. A confused consumer is an unhappy consumer, which is of no benefit to anyone.
Topics of the seminar ranged from treating tension headaches, putting broken down mouths back together again, sleep apnea, facelift dentures and patient communication.
I consider myself very fortunate to be a dentist who lives and works in Edna and serves the surrounding Victoria area. But it is also fun, and a good break, to go to beautiful cities and spend time with people who have like interests from all over the world.
Dr. Mac Lee practices in Edna. He is a international speaker to dentists and is an advisor to Dr. Mehmet Oz. To learn more, visit drmaclee.com or call 361-782-7191.