TMJ / TMD / Neuromuscular Dentistry

Boulder Dentist Serving Denver, Ft. Collins & Surrounding Areas in Colorado


Symptoms such as headaches, teeth and jaw soreness, jaw popping and ringing in your ears can be uncomfortable and frustrating to live with, especially if your doctor cannot diagnose the cause. These symptoms can go on for many years.

Neuromuscular dentistry deals with problems in the relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles. For a free consultation with experienced Boulder neuromuscular dentist Dr. Michael Adler, please call Adler Advanced Dentistry at (303) 515-7335.

What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

The goal of neuromuscular dentistry is finding the most relaxed and comfortable jaw position. Strain is caused when the jaw position is poor or misaligned, and you may experience many symptoms as a result.

One of the most common outcomes of neuromuscular problems is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), which causes many painful symptoms originating from a poor relationship between your jaw joints and the muscles and nerves of your head and neck. These types of imbalances can also result from teeth grinding. As an experienced neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Adler places the jaw into its optimal position, relieving the symptoms associated with TMJ/TMD.

Neuromuscular dentistry is the science of occlusion (your bite). But it deals with much more than just the way your teeth come together. Neuromuscular dentistry also evaluates the jaw joints and the muscles in your head, neck and back, as well as how they affect your total body posture. While traditional dentistry evaluates primarily the teeth, bones and gums, neuromuscular dentistry works with the complex relationship between the hard tissues, soft tissues, muscles and nerves. Dr. Adler even looks at your airway and how your body is getting and using oxygen, both of which may be contributing to snoring and sleep apnea problems you experience.


Choosing an Experienced, Compassionate Neuromuscular Dentist

Dr. Adler was awarded a fellowship from the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. This post-graduate learning institution provides cutting-edge training in neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry, and Dr. Adler is proud to bring his patients the most advanced knowledge and techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ.

The latest technology is used at our dental practice to diagnose and treat neuromuscular dental problems:

  • Myotronics K7: This device allows Dr. Adler to measure the optimal jaw position while the muscles of the jaw are at rest. Then, he can recommend the right treatment to maintain the jaw position permanently.
  • TENS: The TENS unit allows your jaw muscles to relax and detox. When you receive the relaxing TENS therapy, you will be able to enjoy our comfortable treatment room, complete with a zero gravity chair, relaxing heat packs, aromatherapy and cozy blankets.
  • Physical therapy: After TENS, Dr. Adler performs physical therapy techniques to enhance and extend your comfort. His technique typically includes stretching the neck, an act that releases lubricating fluid in your joints and creates more space between the cervical vertebrae. Your therapy may also include shoulder stretching and alignment techniques to address the tension resulting from neuromuscular imbalances.
  • Trigger point injection therapy: These injections contain lidocaine and anti-inflammatory medication, and are introduced to an area of tension. Dr. Adler uses trigger point injections on our guests who are experiencing acute pain or spasms in their backs and shoulders, often as a result of a poor bite. This virtually painless procedure provides tremendous relief.

Once the muscles are relaxed and Dr. Adler has determined the ideal jaw and bite position, he will then recommend the best way to make the jaw posture permanent. An orthotic device, orthodontics or full mouth reconstruction may be used to achieve this jaw position. Sometimes if there are improper muscle functions of the tongue and face contributing to your TMJ, myofunctional therapy will also be recommended. As an experienced neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Adler recommends treatments and restorations based on what they will do for the entire relationship between your joints, muscles and teeth, not only one of these aspects. Dr. Adler is committed to a holistic approach to restoring your best oral health, dental comfort and dental function.

To schedule a free consultation with experienced Boulder neuromuscular dentist Dr. Michael Adler, please call Adler Advanced Dentistry at (303) 515-7335.