TMD and Your Bite

I recently came across another article that elaborates on research done to see the relationship between having a bad bite and the how it affects TMJ problems: Please note the Abstract from the Research Below, I have paraphrased it to general terms for easier understanding. Generally speaking, this  brief review discusses the role of occlusal (bite problems) on the development and progression of temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) and postural disorders. This eligible literature is  scientifically  presented to demonstrate that occlusal interferences are an important factor in the risk of TMD or TMJ problems. Several studies have demonstrated through their findings that the use of occlusal (bite) adjustments, whether or not associated with restorative procedures, might avoid the development of articular problems in vulnerable patients. The article concludes that: “The occlusal interferences caused by restorative procedures or orthodontic treatment can cause TMDs in susceptible patients, and occlusal adjustments can be an alternative in the treatment of these TMDs.” In overview, this has been my clinical experience as well.  However, my continued studies in neuromuscular dentistry, have lead to an understanding how the C1 and C2 spine also affect TMJ problems and cause TMJ pain.  Houston Neuromuscular Dentistry, not only focuses on the teeth and joints, but also on the posture, nerves and muscles. This greater understanding of how recognize this has led to more predictable treament protocols for our patients and also greater long term stability. If you have any questions regarding Houston TMJ treatment or Houston TMJ, please do not hesitate to call our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD,LVIF, a Houston Dentist, 713-668-2289

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