Sunday, June 12, 2011

LVI-Day 2

Do you have chronic jaw pain or frequent migranes or headaches?  This blog may be able to help you!   

Today, we will explore some of what Dr. Hill teaches at LVI.  One of today's focuses was on the use of the TENS machine. 
Neuromuscular dentistry uses computerized instrumentation to measure the patient's jaw movements and muscle activity. By using both a computerized jaw analysis with ultra-low frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Dr. Hill is able to locate a "physiological rest" position as a starting reference position.  This is used to find a relationship between the upper and lower jaw along an isotonic path of closure up from the physiologic rest position in order to establish a bite position.

Translation:  This fancy electrical stuff helps find a place to build a bite where all the muscles are relaxed.

TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.  This unit uses electric current produced by a device to stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes.  It is usually connected to the skin using two or more electrodes.  A session usually lasts from 45 minutes to an hour.

Once the position is realized, an orthotic (orthopedic realigning appliance) is commonly worn for 3–6 weeks with a few adjustments to realign the jaw.  After this there are several options are available, such as reconstruction to orthodontics depending on the situation.  Some people even opt to continue wearing the jaw repositioner on a nightly basis.  

From this resting place of the jaw, Dr. Hill's expertise shows this is the ideal place to begin reconstructions from porcelain or implants in perfect alignment so that there is no jaw pain and longevity is maximized.  In addition to a beautiful smile and no jaw pain, when this perfect resting position is found, Dr. Hill has seen improved posture and removal of pain in other areas of the body with no more migraines in most all patients who suffer from these debilitating headaches.

In conclusion, for anyone that suffers any headaches, jaw pain, or needs cosmetics or reconstruction, going through this process using a TENS is highly recommended and is a technique that Dr. Hill uses frequently.

Why go to the student when you can go to the teacher?

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