HEALTHY, HAPPY BITE
Gneuromuscular Dentistry in Columbus, IN
Gneuromuscular dentistry combines the study of the jaw, which is called gnathology, with the study of the nerves and muscles that are associated with the jaw. The “g” in gneuromuscular comes from gnathology, neuro means nerves, and muscular refers to the muscles of the jaw system. Gneuromuscular dentists, including Dr. Sitaram, focus on how the jaws and teeth come together when the mouth is closed. This position is referred to as bite or “occlusion.”
Dr. Sitaram, DDS, FICCMO, OCF, understands how occlusion can affect a patient’s mouth, head, neck, shoulders, and overall health and well-being, for better or for worse. He provides treatment to help patients achieve harmonious occlusion, or happy bites, for more health, harmony, and happiness in life.
Dr. Sitaram is one of five esteemed Fellows of Dr. Clayton Chan’s Occlusion Connections. He has also received extensive training through Dr. Mariano Rocabado’s Craniocervical Dynamics Curriculum and Dr. Javier Vasquez’s Biofunctional Dynamic Occlusion Curriculum!
Occlusion Problems Really Bite
The body wants to have proper occlusion and jaw posture. We feel best when the upper and lower arches of our teeth align with each other, and when the biting surfaces of our teeth fit together the way they’re supposed to. When the bite is misaligned or there are other issues with jaw posture, it can result in jaw popping and locking, headaches, facial pain, neck stiffness and pain, and shoulder aches among other problems that negatively impact overall health and comfort.
Occlusion Connections Training
Dr. Sitaram has pursued intensive training in this progressive area of dentistry at Occlusion Connections®, the Center of Gneuromuscular Dentistry & Orthopedic Occlusal Advancement in Las Vegas. Lead by Dr. Clayton A. Chan, Dr. Sitaram is part of a worldwide team of less than 50 dentists who have completed or are completing the entire seven-level Occlusion Connections curriculum. This wonderful group is called the “OC Special Group,” and Dr. Sitaram is extremely grateful for the blessing of associating with such exceptional, dedicated dental clinicians from around the world.
Powerful, Far-Reaching Benefits
The multidisciplinary approach of gneuromuscular dentistry to temporomandibular disorder (TMD) therapy has astounding benefits. How your jaws relate to one another is no small thing. From breathing and resting your mouth to chewing, swallowing, and talking, many essential daily activities center around the mouth. A disorder in this area can substantially lower your quality of life. Sports performance can also be enhanced by achieving a proper gneuromuscular bite, subsequent breathing improvements, and enriched harmony within the body.
Your Gneuromuscular Consultation to Determine Treatment
During your first gneuromuscular visit with Dr. Sitaram, he will get to know you and your dental/medical history, and he’ll ask you to share the experiences that have lead you to seek gneuromuscular treatment. To collect data on the status of your jaw muscles, Dr. Sitaram will use electromyography (EMG). EMG uses little electrodes that attach to the skin and record the electrical activity of muscle tissues—don’t worry, it’s pain-free. This will be done both when your jaw is at rest and when you’re using it.
Then, Dr. Sitaram will use three-dimensional (3D) jaw movement tracking to assess your exact jaw movements. Our 3D tracking technology is so accurate that movements can be measured down to 1/10 of a millimeter! The final step of gathering the information needed to determine the best course of action is electrosonography. Electrosonography lets Dr. Sitaram listen to the sounds your jaw makes when opening and closing. After analyzing the data collected, Dr. Sitaram can identify the new optimal bite position and make a personalized treatment plan of how to help you get there!
PRP TMJ Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) can be used for joint therapy to treat temporomandibular joint disorder. Blood has platelets that work to form clots. They also have proteins that play a vital role in healing damaged tissues inside of the body. Activated platelets produce healing proteins also known as growth factors that accelerate tissue repair.
PRP helps stimulate cartilage growth. To complete this treatment, we draw the patient’s blood, spin the plasma in a centrifuge, and inject it into the TMJs all in a single visit. This treatment can help alleviate symptoms from TMD, boost joint health, and repair damaged tissue. Giving patients the relief they need!
Treating Chronic Migraines with SPG Block
For those looking for a simple, non-invasive treatment for migraines and chronic headaches, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks may be the solution. The SPG consists of a group of nerves located behind the nose which is related to the trigeminal nerve—the nerve that is most often linked to headaches. Dr. Sitaram has completed additional training and is certified to use SPG blocks to treat headache disorders.
The treatment process takes very little time and relief is almost instantaneous. First, we’ll insert a cotton-tipped catheter intraorally. We’ll then administer a local anesthetic through the catheter to help block the pain. You’ll notice relief right away and oftentimes patients experience several headache-free days immediately after being treated. Treatment can be repeated as many times as necessary. Call to learn more about SPG blocks today!