Postural Dental Integration
What is Postural Dental Integration?
Postural Dental Integration is a collaboration between a Postural Restoration Certified® physical therapist and dentist. We work together to improve positioning of the the jaws, how your teeth touch, and how yur neck moves. We do this through use of a oral appliance often referred to as a night guard. The appliance is hard accrylic plastic often just used to protect the teeth but as a team we can do much more!
Who would benefit from Postural Dental Integration?
Through this program we are able to improve jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, neck and chest tension, dizziness, back pain, and many other symptoms to help you get back to the activities you love.
How is this different than my dentist sending me to physical therapy?
When a denstist refers you to physical therapy often times there is no communication back and forth, often are sent just to work on the muscle or joint trauma but not the root cause. When you go through this program it is a team approach and decisions are made together to improve the effectiveness of the appliance to speed up recovery. Often times it is necessary to go through a series of separate physical therapy sessions and when this is done with a Postural Restoration Certified® physical therapist the root cause of your pain can be addressed.
What is the process?
The first step is an initial consultation done by the physical therapist followed by a comprehensive oral exam to check overall health of the dental system structures.
Following that, there will be at least 3 co-treatments with the physical therapist and dentist that take place at Natural Smiles Dental Care to provide accurate adjustments to help better manage body postures and occlusion.
During these co-treatments the dentist will adjust the appliance the the physical therapist with check body postures and movements to ensure the adjustments were accepted by the nervous system to make sure symtpoms will improve.
If you would like to see if this approach can help you get back to the activities you love, call us at (612) 643-0019 or click here to schedule a free 20-minute onsite discovery session.