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TMJ Pain Often Traced to Faulty Dental Care

If you’ve ever experienced chronic jaw pain that led you to seek medical treatment, you were more than likely diagnosed with a TMJ disorder. Sadly, many of the patients Dr. Buck treats for TMJ-related pain often can trace back the history of this disorder to faulty dental care in the past.

When it comes to orthodontic care, many doctors treat the cosmetic side of teeth without evaluating the long-term consequences on the function of the teeth and jaw after treatment.

TMJ Disorder is More Complicated Than Just a Popping Jaw

The TMJ joints are the most complex diarthrodial joints in the body because they must both rotate and slide for movement to occur. When problems occur with the TMJ joint, correcting the bite will allow the joint to heal and you to achieve a pain-free life again.

For a long time, surgery was the "go to" for correcting TMJ disorders. These invasive surgeries were often done without consideration of the long-term implications the movement of the jaw and teeth would have on the patient’s entire face and full body health.

Treating TMJ Disorders With the Latest and Greatest in Dental Medicine

Neuromuscular dentists like Dr. Buck take into consideration the entire face including muscles, nerves, posture and the airway when extensively planning treatment for each patient. That’s because looking great means nothing if you don’t feel great, too! Dentistry is about treatment that is specific to each patient -- there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment.

At our practice, we use every resource we have to prevent dysfunction and pain before it happens. That is the future of dentistry. Make sure your dentist is taking into consideration the long-term implications of each aspect of your treatment. To find out more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Buck, call us at 206-316-8286.

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Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​