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Treating Our Tiniest Patients Early On

Many parents are told by their child’s dentist or orthodontist that correcting a misaligned bite or crooked teeth while their child doesn’t have their permanent teeth yet isn’t possible or effective. While putting braces on baby teeth isn’t a valid option, there are alternatives to correct jaw and teeth issues while your child is still young. In fact, Dr. Buck prefers to work with his tiniest patients sooner rather than later, and here’s why.

If your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, leaving the issue untreated can lead to long-term issues such as sleep apnea or TMJ disorder. But the traditional orthodontic approach is to wait to treat the issue until the child’s permanent teeth have come in. According to Dr. Buck, while this approach may be easier, you miss significant growth opportunities that allow you to fully treat the issue in one shot.

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Chronic Headaches? Your Mouth May be to Blame

An improper bite could be the root of chronic headaches and migraines. People blame their headaches on many things including stress, lack of sleep and even dehydration. Yet most people don’t realize chronic headaches may be the result of a misaligned bite. When Dr. Buck sees a patient experiencing chronic headaches, he first examines their bite. What he frequently finds is a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, triggers the headaches.

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Brace Yourself: How Traditional Orthodontics Can Lead to TMJ and Jaw Pain

If you’re one of the roughly 10 million Americans that suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder and you’ve had braces, your jaw pain could be a result of your past orthodontic treatment. Temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, causes chronic pain and dysfunction in the jaw joints and muscles that control jaw movement. The condition can be caused by a number of things including facial trauma, stress or teeth grinding. However, few people think to make the connection between TMJ pain and braces. As a neuromuscular dentist who specializes in treating TMJ, Dr. Buck routinely sees patients whose TMJ pain is a direct result of wearing braces.

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Feel No Pain: Treating TMJ Pain with Neuromuscular Dentistry

In the U.S., more than 10 million people suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, and most traditional treatment options can be invasive. TMJ-related pain can affect a patient’s day-to-day life. Patients frequently suffer from chronic headaches or migraines and jaw pain. Dr. Buck specializes in treating TMJ and uses a unique approach that patients are hard-pressed to find anywhere else. His methods are different and considerably less invasive than traditional treatments for TMJ, and that’s why he’s seeing more patients choosing to seek treatment at his office.

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Pediatric Tooth Extractions: Are They Really Necessary?

In January, a Baltimore, Maryland school dental program made headlines after allegedly extracting a nine-year-old student’s teeth without parental consent, thrusting the topic of tooth extraction into the spotlight. School dental programs have become increasingly more popular in Baltimore schools following the 2007 death of a 12-year-old student from an infected tooth as districts attempt to highlight the importance of oral health. Yet this latest story has many parents worried and questioning the necessity of extractions. A tooth extraction procedure, if necessary, should be done in a dentist’s office, in a sterile environment, utilizing appropriate pain medication. Unfortunately, none of these steps were followed for this young patient. Tooth extractions are serious business and come with a range of risks. It’s not a procedure that should be taken lightly. In fact, Dr. Buck is in stark opposition to the procedure all together and with good reason.

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