When Dr. Bernard Jankelson, a well-known prosthodontist, founded Myotronics in 1964 after developing prototypes of bioelectrical instruments to relax mandibular postural muscles and reproduce graphically mandibular movements, he could not have imagined the enormous contribution to the field of Dentistry he would have given in the years to come. Soon after model J-2 Myo-Monitor was released in 1969 as the first commercial TENS for dentistry, doctors around the world started to have interest in new treatment and diagnostic modalities for dental patients. In 1971 the K-1 Kinesiograph became the milestone of Computerized-Mandibular-Scanning and set the starting point for dentists around the world to participate to Dr. Jankelson's new dental diagnostic theory: Neuromuscular Dentistry.
Neuromuscular Dentistry is a reality and a well-recognized procedure. Over the years new concepts and improvements of the instrumentation have led to levels of excellency and many doctors around the world regularly practice Neuromuscular Dentistry in their office.
The Neuromuscular theory is based on the identification of the physiological Rest Position (RP) of the mandible. This position can be obtained relaxing the postural muscles of the mandible via TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). The RP represents a deconditioned position of the mandible relative to occlusion and provides the practitioner a starting point on establishing a new Centric Occlusion (CO) called Myo-Centric. This procedure is well documented live during Computerized Mandibular Scanning and gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually measure and pinpoint this new centric.
Neuromuscular Orthodontics (NO) is the application and use of this procedure to establish orthodontic treatment objectives in respect of function. Neuromuscular Orthodontics focuses on muscle, fascia, nerves, and all other tissues involved and part of the stomatognathic system without leaving behind the TMJ and teeth. For too many years, dentists have concentrated on teeth for a mechanical interpretation of occlusion, thereby forgetting the other two important components necessary to define an occlusion as functional: muscles and TMJ. Mandibular posture plays a key role in this picture and new research data in the recent years supports a close relationship with body posture. This scientific holistic approach represents a breakthrough in general dentistry and orthodontics and gives dentists the possibility to uncover the hidden physiological characteristics of the individual.
Savasystem defines Neuromuscular Orthodontics in both its diagnostic and treatment procedure.