The bite is important to help maintain the relationship of the lower jaw to the upper jaw, affects the jaw joint function and head and neck balance. This bite either supports a functional jaw position or it may cause a compromise in this relationship. Conventional orthodontics and conventional treatments have been shown to sometimes position the jaws in a position where tissue compromise or damage can occur.
TMJ Orthodontics first evaluates the functional position of the head and neck as it relates to the bite, muscle, and joint function and then helps find the best functional position to decrease joint and muscle pain and compromises. TMJ / Orthodontics then maintains these functional associations as the teeth are made to fit together at this position so the bite, muscles, joints, head, neck and other structures function in harmony.
More than 80% of U.S. adults over 35 have some form of gum disease (or periodontal disease). Most who have the beginning stage of this disease don’t even know it.
The most severe version of gum disease is known as periodontitis. A less severe version is known as gingivitis. In many cases gingivitis is a precursor to periodontitis so all forms of gum disease should be seen as serious and not neglected. This disease is serious enough to be called the “silent epidemic” by former Surgeon General, David Satcher. It is also known as the “busy person’s disease” because people with very busy schedules often neglect their oral hygiene.