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Why Choose Us? Meet Dr. Buck

Dr. Buck is a general dentist with a special interest and focus in TMJ treatments, orthodontics and dental sleep medicine. David Buck is a faculty member at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVIADS) a premier post graduate training institute. Dr. Buck teaches advanced TMJ and orthodontics treatment protocols to dentists who seek out improved ways to treat their patients. He also lectures nationally and internationally on TMJ treatments, Epigenetic science and orthodontics.  Dr. Buck is a recognized expert by his peers in treating TMJ problems,  and dentists from around the country refer some of their most challenging cases to him for consultation.  Dr. Buck also is the Director for Orthodontics at LVIADS where he teaches dentist the latest methods in dentofacial orthopedics and orthodontics.

What is epigenetics?

ep·i·ge·net·ics   /epəjəˈnediks/   nounBiology     noun: epigenetics
 Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. An epigenetic perspective of jaws and teeth acknowledges that the facial bones and jaws do not have a pre-determined, immutable genetic expression(with rare exceptions that are genetically driven syndromes), but rather are totally responsive to all of the soft tissue influence going on during growth and function. The so called Functional matrix hypothesis applies here which is well accepted scientifically. What this means practically is that the majority of facial and jaw growth occurs in response to stimulation from such things as breathing, swallowing, chewing and overall functional patterns. If these functional patterns are corrupted, then significant altered facial and jaw growth can occur leading to malocclusion, crowded teeth and underdeveloped jaws. This sets the stage for much increased risk of sleep breathing problems and apnea, along with the spectrum of TMJ/TMD disorders. So in summary, there is a genetic blueprint for the full development of the jaws, teeth and occlusion, but an epigenetic influence (negative soft tissue and functional) alters this genetic expression leading to a corruption of full genetic potential.

Epigenetic Science and Dentistry

Crowded teeth, TMJ, obstructive sleep apnea and underdeveloped chins are all symptoms of underdeveloped jaws. In other words, the jaws did not grow to their full potential. There is very compelling evidence that modern diets, and environmental factors are responsible for the remarkably high percentage of malocclusion patterns in our society. One need only examine population groups who do not share our modern diet and environmental factors to see how little malocclusion exists in contrast. We understand now that the majority of the modern population has symptoms of malocclusion and dysfunction. It is so prevalent, we mistakenly think it is normal. The result is an unhappy smile with crooked teeth, misaligned jaws and tongues that block airways during sleep due to both jaws being retruded and underdeveloped.

An epigenetically driven approach can be used which means firstly any negative functional soft tissue influence is corrected, and then appropriate orthopedic stimulation can be utilized to turn on remodeling potential in adults and actual growth in children. The result is a positive change in the shape, size and position of both upper and lower jaws moving them as close to full genetic potential as possible. Under Dr. Buck's treatment, jaw development strategies result in your healthiest, happiest smile where everything fits, feels good and looks great. Interested in knowing more?


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TMJ and Epigenetic Orthodontics

Dr. Buck can offer a TMJ/TMD solution using jaw development orthodontics if a patient responds well to an orthotic first phase of treatment. Correcting the mis-aligned bite is a potential solution for chronic TMJ problems. Most TMJ treatment involves the use of some kind of removable oral appliance or splint. These can be very successful in reducing many pain and dysfunction symptoms however there are few clinicians who offer a more permanent second phase correction. Fortunately, Dr. Buck can implement an orthodontic solution for TMJ that can eliminate the need for a splint or appliance which is only a partial cure in most cases.


Dr. Buck applies epigenetic science prior to moving teeth with braces stimulating jaw development at a foundational level giving the chance for the body to fully develop underdeveloped jaws. With the jaws fully developed everything fits… all the teeth, the jaws, the tongue. In this environment, Dr. Buck straightens the teeth with orthodontics, building the balanced, beautiful smile on the solid structure of fully developed jaws. That is your happiest smile possible!

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If there is insufficient volume inside the mouth then the tongue is not provided enough room to stay out of the airway. Added to this is that when the upper jaw is underdeveloped the lower jaw becomes trapped behind the deficient upper jaw and is retruded in such a way that it narrows the airway as well. With epigenetic driven treatments, Dr. Buck can help to improve the capacity of the airway which is a natural outcome following more face forward orthopedic development of both jaws. This treatment strategy may help reduce sleep breathing problems.

Sleep apnea is much more serious than simply snoring. Obstructing the airway reduces oxygen intake which affects your entire health. Distressed breathing also prevents restful sleep. A person feels these exhausting effects in the short-term, but long-term these factors threaten overall health and wellness. Sleep apnea is linked to serious health-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by multiple factors including a structurally diminished airway as a result of underdeveloped jaw structure. The tongue has insufficient room to stay forward out of the airway during sleep and the lower jaw if retruded creates an narrowing of the functional capacity of the airway. We often see improved measurements of the airway at the base of the tongue and the nasal cavity after jaw development orthopedics in adults and children. The improved airway may contribute to better and deeper sleep.

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We were all born beautiful, let us help you to recover your genetic potential for full face forward beauty and health.

Specialized Dental Treatments

We offer a varity of specialty services including Orthodonics, TMJ treatment and Sleep Apnea Treatments

EPIGENETIC ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontics aren’t just for teens. Many adults seek our orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth thanks to available new technologies. Whether you are a teen or an adult, orthodontics will make a significant change to your teeth and structure of your mouth. The best first step is an Epigenetic consult to make sure your orthodontic treatment is performed on a fully developed jaw. Dr. Buck will avoid extractions for braces if at all possible. With Epigenetic science, your jaws will grow to accommodate all your teeth and fit them straightly in the right places. By beginning your orthodontic treatment with a consult with Dr. Buck, you will have options for care that are best suited for you and are in harmony with physiology, airway and TMJ health. Long term stability and pain free function are possible.

TMJ/JAW PAIN

Dr. Buck practices and teaches Neuromuscular Dentistry, a non-invasive method of correcting temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This common, chronic, painful condition can have many symptoms, most notably jaw pain, clicking in the jaws, headaches including migraine headaches, neck pain and more. The temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint, affects bone and soft tissues. So, when that joint is dysfunctional, many areas of the body are affected. If you or someone you know is living with chronic jaw, head or neck pain, a consultation with Dr. Buck might be life changing. Once diagnosed, Dr. Buck’s treatment plan for TMD can include Epigenetic science and Neuromuscular Dentistry depending on what is needed to create a permanent solution to the disorder, eliminating the chronic pain.

SLEEP APNEA

Sleep apnea is a serious condition and should not be taken lightly. Snoring is the most recognizable symptom of sleep apnea, and it is more than an annoying or humorous behavior. There are several types of sleep apnea and all are dangerous to your health. Some can be life threatening. The first and most important part of sleep apnea is diagnosis. Dr. Buck can help you with initial assessment leading to diagnosis. In the event of a sleep apnea diagnosis, you may be treatable with an custom oral appliance for sleep. If jaw development orthodontics are utilized then the airway can improve and may help to improve sleep. In any event, Dr. Buck believes that sleep apnea should be well treated and CPAP is an excellent method to treat serious apnea. Generally speaking, sleep problems should be treated to maximal improvement in any event for protection of health and longevity. By fully growing patients’ jaws with Epigenetic science, Dr. Buck removes the airway obstruction by making room for the tongue.

How Can Epigenetic Orthodontics Affect How I Look?

In Dr. Buck’s Epigenetic approach, the upper jaw is gently encouraged to remodel with a stimulus on the palate in a specific location that turns on 3 dimensional remodeling of the upper jaw and entire midface. At the same time the lower jaw is activated with an orthopedic device that allow the lower jaw to respond to the changes going on in the upper jaw simultaneously. The result is both jaws form new bone and /or change their shape. The preferred direction of growth is a horizontal face forward effect that improves facial balance and dimension that can accentuate features. This in some ways is akin to a face lift effect. Dr. Buck explains the cosmetic effects of Epigenetic Orthodontics in this video.

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