Alternatives to Jaw Surgery: Non-surgical Solutions to Jaw Alignment

Jaw surgery is not the only available solution for correcting overbites, underbites, open bites, misaligned jaws or TMJ painDr. Konig explains,” There are non-surgical ways to correct these misaligned bites from a functional and cosmetic standpoint. TMJ and sleep apnea issues can also be addressed in this manner. ” 

A physiologic approach addresses these issues and looks at the whole picture, not just teeth.  In overview, jaw surgery is not the only available solution for correcting overbites, underbites, open bites, misaligned jaws or TMJ pain.

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Before: overbite weak chin, tmj pain,facial symmetry

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After: Non-surgical bite correction, pain free, and facial symmetry and a gorgeous smile   

Physiologic dentistry is an approach to dental care that focuses on the alignment and function of the jaw and bite, taking into consideration the overall health and well-being of the patient. This holistic approach emphasizes the importance of the relationship between the teeth, muscles, and joints in maintaining oral and systemic health. Here are some key aspects of physiologic dentistry:

  1. Holistic Approach:
    • Physiologic dentistry looks at the mouth as part of the entire body system, understanding that dental issues can affect and be affected by overall health.
  2. Jaw Alignment and Bite:
    • Proper alignment of the jaw and bite is central to physiologic dentistry. Misalignments can lead to problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, neck pain, and other issues.
  3. Neuromuscular Dentistry:
    • Often associated with physiologic dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry focuses on finding the optimal position of the jaw by evaluating the relationship between the teeth, jaw joints, and muscles.
  4. Diagnosis and Treatment:
    • Physiologic dentists use advanced diagnostic tools to assess the position and function of the jaw. This might include electromyography (EMG), computerized jaw tracking, and muscle relaxation techniques.
    • Treatments may involve orthodontics, bite adjustments, dental restorations, or even custom-made oral appliances to align the jaw properly.
  5. Customized Oral Appliances:
    • These appliances, such as orthotics or splints, are used to reposition the jaw and create a balanced bite. They can help relieve symptoms of TMJ disorders and other related issues.
    • Dr. Konig explains removable appliances are not a true test drive bite and are hard for patients to wear and talk with.  His methodology utilizes a fixed appliance with no change or grinding of the teeth.
  6. Focus on Function and Comfort:
    • The primary goal is to achieve a comfortable and functional bite that reduces or eliminates pain and discomfort associated with misaligned jaws or teeth.  Creating facial harmony and symmetry are also a goal.
  7. Improvement of Overall Health:
    • By addressing dental issues that contribute to systemic health problems, physiologic dentistry aims to improve overall well-being. For example, correcting a misaligned bite can alleviate chronic headaches, improve sleep, and reduce neck and shoulder pain.
  8. Collaboration with Other Healthcare Providers:
    • Physiologic dentists often work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors, physical therapists, and sleep specialists, to provide comprehensive care.
  9. Patient Education and Prevention:
    • Educating patients about the importance of proper jaw alignment and the effects of poor bite on their health is a key component. Preventative measures are emphasized to maintain optimal oral health.

In summary, Dr Konig emphasizes physiologic care is not only about teeth, aiming to improve not only oral health but also the overall quality of life by ensuring the proper alignment and function of the jaw and bite.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289.

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