Neuromuscular dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The temporomandibular joints are extremely complex, as are the causes and effects of TMD – so complex that the disorder warrants its own dental subspecialty.
Neuromuscular dentistry is unlike any other dental field. For one, it is highly interdisciplinary, meaning that both diagnosis and treatment of TMD often require knowledge and expertise from a variety of medical and therapeutic fields, not just dentistry.
What a Neuromuscular Dentist Can Do
TMD is most often caused by malocclusion – the medical term for having a misaligned bite. This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned when you bite down or chew.
Dr. Firouzi is trained in the use of diagnostic technologies such as the TENS unit and CT scan that will evaluate, with pinpoint accuracy, the exact nature of your malocclusion. With the help of these neuromuscular dentistry technologies, Dr. Firouzi will be able to determine what your proper bite should look like. Using this information, he can put together an individualized treatment plan to correct your TMD.
Choose a Qualified, Experienced Neuromuscular Dentist
Most four-year dental schools do not provide the training necessary to qualify their graduates to effectively diagnose and treat TMD. Dr. Firouzi has extensive neuromuscular dentistry training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies – the world’s foremost training facility for neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry.