Neuromuscular Dentistry and Orthotics

The muscles that control your jaw are powerful yet precise. They can exert enough force to chew a crusty roll or a thick steak, yet can be gentle enough to hold your teeth together when you bite a piece of thread. Relaxing and comforting neuromuscular dentistry at Metropolitan Dental

Muscles that are not relaxed and comfortable however, can cause damage to the teeth, joints, or soft tissue in your mouth. This can result in a host of problems—from headaches and pains in the neck, back, and shoulders to ringing in the ears, aching or clicking jaw joints, gum recession, and tooth clenching or grinding.

Metropolitan Dental offers a painless solution to these and other related problems through neuromuscular dentistry—a unique practice that focuses on finding the ideal position for your jaw muscles, where they can rest without any strain or tension.

Over the past several years, Dr. Walters has attended numerous continuing education programs at the Las Vegas Institute—the only school of its kind in North America that teaches neuromuscular dentistry. This practice differs from traditional dentistry in that it places emphasis on the activity of the muscles that move the jaw.

Like a builder erecting a new home, we want to ensure that your teeth and dental work have the strongest foundation possible. To find the most relaxed position for your jaw, we perform a process called “tensing,” which sends a mild electrical impulse to the muscles—stimulating blood flow and relaxing them completely.

This enables us to establish your most comfortable biting position—which we can also track using our advanced K7 muscle evaluation system. This computerized diagnostic equipment allows us not only to treat your symptoms but also to help improve or even cure your problem.

We use this information to create a custom orthotic that you wear until your bite stabilizes and your symptoms disappear. For many patients, this can happen in as little as a few months. At that point, patients can decide whether to proceed with further treatment to permanently correct the underlying problem.

Give us a call to set up a consultation with Dr. Walters, and he’ll explain further how we can give you something to really smile about.

 

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  • Metropolitan Dental—Now Open

    To all of our valued patients of Metropolitan Dental:

    Hello everyone! This is coming to all of you with good news! We have finally received official approval to head back to work. We have been closed for almost three months. Needless to say we are all quite excited to head back to Metropolitan Dental and to once again see all of you for your dental needs.

    COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us, including the shut down of dentistry across the province. We understand that many of you have been forced to wait for your dental care and we deeply appreciate your understanding and patience while we were closed. Your health and well being continue to be our highest priority as we carefully prepare and update our practice procedures. Please be assured that we will be taking care of you, just as we will be taking care of our families and ourselves.

    We know that our capacity of getting back to work will not be 100% initially, but we will be working hard to see all of you. We have opened our doors as of June 8th. We ask, unless you are experiencing an emergency, please wait for us to call you, instead of you calling the office. This will help to make our job of scheduling and re-scheduling patients easier. If you would like to email us to schedule or update an appointment click here.

    There are some new protocols that have been put in place by the Minister of Health for your next dental appointment, so we will be emailing these out to you prior to your appointment. These new screening processes are important for everyone to follow, we thank you for your co-operation.

    Once again, we thank you for your trust and patronage over the decades. Please remember as businesses continue to re-open, the DENTAL office is one of the cleanest and most sterile places that you will encounter. We have been working hard to ensure that commitment to you.

    We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Barton Walters, and Dr. Andrew Kaplan

    And the entire team at Metropolitan Dental

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