Dr. Behm has taken advanced courses at Las Vegas Institute (LVI) on the creation of dentures and partials that will fit very comfortably and can correct non-optimum bite and TMJ situations.
Using the new technology of neuromuscular dentistry, he can make dentures and partials that fit like a dream, as well as help improve problems with sleep apnea, headaches, neckaches, backaches, and other body problems.
Having a properly fabricated partial/denture can open the airway (thus increase the body’s ability to get enough oxygen), which is absolutely crucial for feeling vital and alive.
Many are under the impression that a denture is a denture is a denture. In other words, all dentures are the same. This is far from the truth. It’s like cars, is a Pinto the same as a BMW? It comes down to one gets what they pay for, and there is a tremendous difference in the quality of dentures. A main area of difference is fit and biocompatiblity of the materials.
Denture wearers oftentimes suffer because even a “good” denture is never as good as their own teeth. Many experiment with economy dentures, considering cost to be the primary concern, but end up with a drawer full of ill-fitting dentures and a bathroom cabinet full of denture adhesives.
Many denture wearers suffer from such problems as difficulty in eating food, pain, slippage, difficulty in speaking, an unattractive smile, bone loss, a sagging face, and an increased incidence of sleep apnea.
These problems affect almost 20 million Americans wearing dentures, as getting the bite exactly right for a person with no teeth can be extremely challenging for dentists. Normally it’s pretty arbitrary as to exactly how the teeth are going to come together as there are no reference points (as there are no teeth left).
Where to determine the bite is THE key issue in creating dentures, and a very challenging one. While the denture wearer may sometimes get by with the arbitrarily chosen bite, they often end up with functional problems in chewing or speech and in discomfort or an unnatural look.
Neuromuscular dentures are far superior to standard dentures in appearance and function. They fit exceptionally well without embarrassing slippage.
Thanks to our advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry, we can better determine the optimal position of your bite and jaw. Proper bite is the key reason why there can be an astounding difference in results between regular and neuromuscular dentures.
The process of creating an exact fit involves using the TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electro Neural Stimulation) to completely relax the muscles of your face, jaw, and neck so that we can determine what is the natural resting position of the jaw.
Next, we use the Myotronics K-7 to establish the most comfortable position of your bite. This technology measures the motion of your jaw by using a computerized tracking system and electromyography to pinpoint the optimal placement of your new dentures.
The aesthetic part of finalizing your denture design is where art comes into play. Our advanced training in aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry enables us to producing dentures with a natural and pleasing look. Even the smallest details are taken into consideration — the size of various teeth, angle at which they are set, the golden proportion ratios of height to width, shade and color. The end result is a denture that functions and looks great.
With a neuromuscular denture you will be able to speak, eat and smile with complete comfort and confidence.