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Neuromuscular Dentistry: A Balanced Approach

We often don’t realize how valuable something is to us until it becomes painful or difficult to use. This is especially true when it comes to our mouths, since they’re responsible for so much of our day-to-day life including chewing, swallowing, speaking, yawning, singing and even kissing. If even one part of the highly complex oral and maxillofacial (the jaws and face) area is compromised, it can cause pain or discomfort every time a simple action such as yawning or chewing is attempted. This is precisely where a neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Buck makes all the difference by taking a balanced approach.

The Balance: A Mouth and Body Connection

Perhaps the most basic explanation of the neuromuscular approach to dentistry is that Dr. Buck looks at the mouth as it relates to the whole body and bigger picture. In traditional dentistry, the function and health of the teeth, jaws and mouth are often evaluated individually and treated with no regard to the body as a whole working system, which can cause a variety of problems.

Think of it like a complicated system of gears turning. When one gear is removed, the entire process is interrupted and no longer efficient. This is precisely why Dr. Buck avoids extractions in almost all situations. When a gear is altered - whether in size, shape or location - the entire system is thrown off.

Everything in the body is connected much like gears, and each part of the body should always be evaluated in relation to all the other parts. In dentistry, the most common problem that occurs as a result of traditional dental care that focuses only on teeth is bite misalignment.

Bite Misalignment 

Many things cause bite misalignment, including:

  • Genetics
  • Interrupted jaw growth
  • Underdeveloped jaw(s)
  • Mouth breathing
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Dental restorations
  • Tooth extractions

Dr. Buck has spent years focusing his expertise on the treatment of bite misalignment caused by many of these factors. By taking into consideration what caused the bite misalignment, along with how the bite is functioning in relation to the rest of the body, he’s helped patients regrow their jaws using a simple oral appliance worn like a retainer. His method has helped many patients avoid surgery that they were told was the only option. 

If you’re looking for options or a second opinion, call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Buck at Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics today at 206-316-8286

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