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Published on Mar 27, 2015
Mel Greenstein on how orthotics eased his pain Mel Greenstein (patient) greensteindental.com
I know I only look 50 but next month I will be 79 and I have been having a lot of trouble with my bite and I thought I needed a root canal because my tooth was hurting and I came in to my son and he said “no, no, let’s do something else, and this is really cutting edge”. Basically you change the position of your jaw. If your jaw is too far, what we call retruded, which is way back, it causes pressure and you think you have a toothache and pain. If a patient has pain in the temporomandibular joint, that is where the lower jaw or mandible hooks up with the skull or maxilla and if you are biting (people don’t realize when they bite, just think of a nutcracker, where do you put the nut, you put it right in the center of the nutcracker) so when you bite down with 75 pounds of pressure with the incisors in the back it could be 500 pounds so when you are biting down, just figure if you are lifting up 10 pounds or 100 pounds your arm is going to hurt after a while and when you chew with 500 pounds of pressure, you put tremendous pressure over the years on the muscles, ligaments, joint, everything, and after a number of years, if your bite is not correct and most people’s are not, then he puts in what is called an orthotic. The pressure is all off these muscles which were killing me, my teeth were hurting me. I’ve had this in maybe 3 months or so and nothing hurts anymore and I chew correctly. So neurologically the nerves are also damaged when you are chewing with 500 pounds of pressure over the years. You put this in, change the position of the bite and then you reconstruct everything and you are biting differently.