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Jaw Surgery Is Usually NOT the Answer

Our jaws are one of the most complicated moving parts in our bodies. There is cartilage, bone, muscle and even nerves that all play a role in how the jaw functions on a day-to-day basis. When there's a problem with any part of the jaw, it can cause pain that can even show up in the ears, head, face, neck and shoulders. Unfortunately, many doctors and dental professionals automatically jump to jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, when there is a problem with the jaw and/or alignment of the bite. Dr. Buck believes jaw surgery is being recommended and performed way too often and usually for all the wrong reasons. Not only is it expensive, but the recovery can also be long and brutal.

Jaw Problems Often Treated with Surgery

Some of the most common jaw problems that surgery can be recommended for include:

  • TMJ disorders
  • Sleep disorders, especially sleep apnea
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Speech problems
  • Chewing problems
  • Significant overbite or underbite

Jaw surgery should only ever be considered as a last resort after all other treatment options have been exhausted, according to Dr. Buck. For many patients, an undeveloped jaw is to blame for their pain and misaligned bite. Our modern lifestyles and diets interfere with our jaw growth during development, but epigenetic orthodontics can help. Over the years Dr. Buck has treated hundreds of patients with these orthopedic solutions, correcting their jaw problems WITHOUT surgery.

Dr. Buck's neuromuscular approach to jaw health doesn't just treat the symptoms of jaw problems, but locates the source of the pain and misalignment and permanently corrects it. For more information about how our orthopedic treatment process can help correct most jaw problems without surgery, call us today at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics at 206-316-8286. You can also visit our page on TMJ disorders to learn more about the condition and the treatment process.

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