What does Neural Occlusion screening consist of?
Neural Occlusion utilizes computerized tools to objectively measure the timing within the dynamic bite, the muscular activity of many of the muscles moving the jaws around, and the status of the patients TMJ’s. Couple this sort of objective data with the knowledge required to interpret and act upon this digital information, and you then have a working definition of the Neural Occlusion screening protocols. Minimally, the practitioner should use the T-Scan® to measure timing, along with the Bio-EMG III, which connects to the T-Scan technology, simultaneously, measuring muscular output to show how the timing in the bite affects the chewing muscles, in 3/1000-second increments. Talk about amazingly accurate measurements! Lastly, a digital screening tool for TMJ cartilage known as Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) is useful to help determine if the cartilage, which resides within the TMJ’s, is functioning properly during the patients jaw movements. Advanced CNO level 3 doctors are also ordering and interpreting 3D imaging of the TMJ’s, using 3D X-rays (CBCT-for bone) and MRI (for soft tissue cartilage, fat and fluid), to provide supplemental objective data which often makes a huge difference towards arriving at a proper diagnosis (or diagnoses) of TMD and orofacial pains, prior to implementing occlusal/bite therapy, thereby increasing the predictability and efficacy of this treatment.