Neuromuscular vs Gneuromuscular Dentistry

Dr. Hoa Nguyen - Neuromuscular vs Gneuromuscular Dentistry

Dr. Nguyen has some spectacular results working with patients that have already pursued Neuromuscular treatment options unsuccessfully. Many of them come to him resigned to having to endure the chronic pain for the rest of their lives. He is pleased to be able to offer a course of treatment that can restore a pain-free life to those that had already lost hope. There is certainly significant empirical support for the Gneuromuscular approach, but more importantly, Dr. Nguyen can attest to the viability of the philosophy through the many successes of his own cases.

As we have seen in the K7 Evaluation System section, the approach and fundamental beliefs of the Neuromuscular and Gneuromuscular schools of thought share many principles, but have one fundamental difference between them. In both, the underlying belief is that in order to resolve and eliminate the Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) symptoms, the jaw must find a rested position in which the muscles are at ease. The significant difference between the two lies in the inclusion of Gnathological principles in the Gneuormuscular approach (refer to the last paragraph of this section for further discussion).

The Neuromuscular school of thought places its trust entirely in the K7 results and the principle of the “Golden Proportion”. Practitioners believe that the optimal occlusion can be identified through the measurement of the mandibular path of closure, muscle activity when the jaw is closed and the vibration that occurs when opening and closing. It is believed that this optimal position will yield the “Golden Proportion” which is reflected through the vertical spacing of the jaw when the bottom and top teeth are closed and in alignment.

The Gneuromuscular school of thought also uses the K7 Evaluation System as a tool to allow practitioners to identify the optimal occlusion (bite). They too measure the path of closure, muscle activity and vibration. The difference is that they do not simply take these measurements after using the ULF – TENS unit while the jaw is inert. Instead, practitioners use the K7 unit to assess the “comfort” of the bite while gently manipulating the mandible (lower jaw) to find the position where the articular disc fits in perfectly between it and the skull. The approach integrates the traditional principles of Gnathology (the study of the bite and masticatory system – chewing) with the more recent Neuromuscular approaches.