Physiologic Based Dentistry (sometimes referred to as Neuromuscular Dentistry) is a unique discipline performed by specially-trained dentists. It’s an effective approach to treatment that identifies how symptoms of pain and headaches may be related to pathologic occlusion, or a ‘bad bite.’ Most of these problems arise due to muscles being forced into a position that is not ideal for their proper function.
“Physiology” is defined as the study of how living things and their parts function. As physiologic based dentists, we study the proper function of not only the joint and jaw position, but also the physiology of the muscles and other interrelated systems as well. Some examples of systems that play such related roles are posture, airway concerns, tongue position, and obstructive sleep apnea. Satisfying the balance with these accompanying systems is necessary to allow proper function without pain.