The majority of the patients we help have already received prior treatment, usually orthodontic care.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregular teeth, as by means of appliances or braces. TMJ Orthodontics involves finding the best upper quadrant functional relationship and approximating the teeth to support and maintain these anatomic and physiologic stable associations.
Orthodontic and TMJ Orthodontic corrections are not the same. Orthodontics developed over thousands of years from the time of ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who were concerned about how the teeth fit together and had means to move the teeth to improve the bite. Orthodontic care moves the teeth at the habitual bite or how the teeth fit together when you close. Initial examination records are taken at this bite position and this bite is where a diagnosis is made and where treatment alternatives are formed.
TMJ Orthodontics was developed by Dr. Duane Keller over the last 40 years. TMJ Orthodontics established the best functional anatomic and physiologic position of the lower jaw to the upper jaw so the joints, muscles and associated structures function harmoniously and the best functional relationship of the head to the cervical spine.
A diagnostic phase is initiated at this association to evaluate function over time to ensure optimal joint, muscle, head and neck associations are obtained and maintained. The diagnostic functional association is maintained over time as the patient’s signs and symptoms are monitored to ensure optimal function is attained. When this diagnostic phase is effective in overcoming patient’s signs and symptoms of dysfunction, a permanent maintenance of this association is proposed so the bite is made to function, support and maintain the best upper quadrant structural and functional association.
A relationship exists between how the teeth fit together, how the joints, muscles and other associated structures relate. When this system is in balance the components function harmoniously. When this system is out of balance compromises occur. One or more of the components will suffer structural and postural dysfunction and breakdown. The following is an example of this type of compensation.