Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular Dentistry Grand Rapids MI | TMJ

What Is Neuromuscular Dentistry?

Neuromuscular dentistry is an area of dentistry that focuses on the teeth, the nerves, muscles, and joints related to the jaw. The goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to look at the whole picture by assessing the teeth, muscles and temporomandibular joints, and how they function together.

The main objective is to relax the jaw muscles in order to identify the true resting position of the jaw. They focus on determining the optimal position of the jaw in order to correct misalignment and jaw disorders.

Neuromuscular Dentistry Treatment

Neuromuscular dentistry helps treat:

Neuromuscular TMJ Patient Testimonial

“Dr. Mulder – I want to express my appreciation to you and your team for the personal and professional care I have received over the past 6 months. The treatment I have received has made a significant difference to my health and well-being. I have known for many years, having been told by 5 other dentists in E. Lansing, Chicago, & Los Angeles, that I clench my jaw and grind my teeth. No one has offered a solution to this problem, which has lead to upper and lower jaw pain as well as neck and shoulder pain. When I moved to Grand Rapids in July 2006 I was referred to you by a friend who has been a patient of yours for over 20 years when looking for a dentist.

At my first checkup and cleaning, you suggested that I spend some time with you consulting about my dental problem. You took the time to completely explain TMJ what and how it affects one and then a treatment plan. I must admit I was a bit skeptical but decided to try your approach. The TENS treatment was not at all uncomfortable and relaxed my jaw muscles. Bite molds were then taken with the jaw in the proper position. Then a split was made for me to wear to help reposition my jaw.

In less than three months of using the splint with regular 2- 3-week review and adjustment. The muscles in my jaw have readjusted and now I only wear the splint while sleeping. The jaw pain is gone and the neck and shoulder pain has diminished. That won’t go away completely because I have degenerative disks in my neck but I can definitely tell a difference. All of this accomplished without the use of medications, which is important to me.

I look forward to continued treatment and correction of the issues to my teeth from the clenching and grinding over the years, which has ruined a number of teeth. I look forward to feeling confident to have a nice smile and strong teeth.”

– Thank you, Tom from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Schedule a Consultation

Recurring neck pain, headaches, jaw tension, and mouth soreness may be symptoms of a serious disorder called TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. To schedule an evaluation with our experienced Grand Rapids neuromuscular dentist, please contact us today. Dr. Mulder provides TMJ treatment for people living in Holland, Muskegon, and surrounding areas of Michigan.


Choose a Grand Rapids area neuromuscular dentist who is committed to proper diagnosis and effective treatment. Call 616.458.0631 or email Dr. Jerry Mulder & Allyson Mulder today for your consultation.