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DENTISTRY

General dentists are trained to keep your teeth and gums healthy; but your oral health problems sometimes extend beyond what is outwardly visible. When the muscles, nerves, soft and hard tissues in your mouth and jaw area become damaged, fatigued or misaligned, it often takes a neuromuscular dentist with additional training to identify the problem source and provide treatment.

Dr. Adam Chapnick practices neuromuscular dentistry in both of his Barrie and Toronto locations. He has had extensive training and has achieved a Fellowship from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). This institute emphasises the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw and muscles of the face, head and neck.  Attendees learn how your muscles power your temporomandibular jaw joint (TMJ) and how your nerves keep those muscles moving properly.

You have a TMJ on each side of your face that allows you to open your mouth to yawn, chew and speak. When the muscles supporting and moving your TMJ become inflamed, they can compress the nerves of your head, neck and shoulders causing varying levels of pain. Neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Chapnick can treat the underlying cause of TMJ related pain by identifying and correcting jaw misalignment.

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The symptoms of jaw misalignment can be debilitating, but the cause is not always obvious. You may be completely unaware that your jaw is out of alignment and causing you pain until it is diagnosed by a neuromuscular dentist.  Similar to a door that does not properly fit in a frame;  sometimes the hinge breaks, sometimes the door wears and sometimes the whole frame gets loose!  The system breaks at the weakest link. Dr. Chapnick uses a series of test and a neuromuscular evaluation to be clear on the source of your pain :

  • Comprehensive examination of your jaw
  • Digital X-rays
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit, which provides low current electrical pulses to relax your jaw

A K7 Evaluation System is also used to determine jaw misalignment through measurement of:

  • Jaw sounds (sonography)
  • Muscle activity (electromyography)
  • Jaw movement (mandibular screening)

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Once your problem areas have been defined, Dr. Chapnick and his team incorporate both general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct the problems and provide relief. Non-invasive treatments are always his first course of action; jaw joint surgery is almost never indicated. His goal is to eliminate the painful symptoms of jaw misalignment so that you can stop relying on pain pills for relief.

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Some of the treatments he may incorporate include:

  • Appliance therapy: Oral appliances to allow your jaw to rest in a proper physiological position.
  • Restorative therapy: building up or changing the shape of your teeth to support the physiological and comfortable position of your bite.
  • Invisalign®: “Invisible” braces that can gently shift your teeth into the proper position over time. This could also used if you need more space in your mouth in combination porcelain veneers or dental bridges.
  • Filling gaps in your smile: Replacing missing teeth to stop teeth from shifting through dental bridges or dental implants.
  • Botox injection: By selectively altering nerve conduction to through overworked muscles, pain reduction can be acheived

If you have been suffering from jaw pain or other potential symptoms of TMJ/TMD, please contact neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick to schedule a TMJ evaluation at Molson Park Dental Office in Barrie or Toronto.

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