James W. Correa D.D.S. - Center for Cosmetic Dentistry & TMJ Institute - Call 949.706.2100

Why Neuromuscular Dentistry?

For patients with more complex dental problems, Dr. James Correa turns to neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry recognizes that the teeth, muscles, and joints are part of a system that must work together as a unit in order to function properly. This allows Dr. Correa to replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, and correct jaw abnormalities - such as TMJ disorder - in a way that recreates optimum facial balance and natural beauty. Rather than simply give you a smile that looks better, Dr. Correa can provide an extreme smile makeover that feels better too. Learn more about the techniques he uses at our Newport Beach, Orange County office.



What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular Dentistry is an extension of conventional dentistry that is taken to the next level. It incorporates not only teeth, but also the nerves and muscles that affect the teeth and jaw. This is important to know because your bite (occlusion) is ultimately determined and controlled by the function of the nerves and muscles. Neuromuscular dysfunction leads to an improper bite and results in structural instability. This is why the goal in Neuromuscular Dentistry is to develop a neuromuscular occlusion that maintains balance and harmony for long term success and predictability.


Rather than guessing if your bite position is correct, Dr. Correa can use diagnostic instrumentation to measure, record, and document the exact jaw position that is best for you. Based on this foundation of foreknowledge, Dr. Correa can objectively reconstruct your teeth to their most optimal position in space that will be the most comfortable and natural to you.

What Is Involved?

Neuromuscular testing involves computer scanning to measure jaw movements, muscle activity, and joint sounds. The measurement of the jaw’s range of motion (CMS) gives invaluable information about its condition. The pathway of jaw movement reveals insights into the qualitative inconsistencies that help in diagnosis. The SensorArray is a painless, electromagnetic instrument used to detect these changes in jaw movement.


Electromyography (EMG) is a modality used to monitor the electrical activity of muscle over time. Electrical activity varies accordingly to the amount of muscle relaxation or stimulation. A “tens” unit can be used to relax the muscle so that an EMG reading can be taken to substantiate ideal jaw position.

Electrosonography detects joint sounds that uncover an acoustic signature that is unique to you. Dr. Correa can study these sounds for vital clues on joint-disc pathology. This technology has proven to be more valuable than a MRI in assessing degenerative joint conditions.

Are You A Candidate?

Neuromuscular Dentistry is not indicated for general procedures, singe crowns, or fillings. It comes into play when multiple restorations are considered. It is also indicated when orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, and/or dental implants are planned for treatment.


Choosing to keep your present bite or create a new bite is a decision that Dr. Correa can help you with.


If you feel that your dental concerns are more complex than straightforward, ask Dr. Correa how Neuromuscular Dentistry can help you with your more involved dental problems.

Our goal is to provide patients with the finest care possible and to preserve their health and appearance. Here, we combine advanced science with an aesthetic touch to make our patients feel as beautiful, confident, and secure as they deserve.


If you would like to know about the extreme smile makeover and orthodontic services at the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, please contact us at 949.706.2100.

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At the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Correa has done the work for you. We use only the best, most realistic-looking materials and products for smile design. We cut no corners. You can rest assured you will be in good hands with us!