So what’s all this talk about the bite mean? What I tell patients at our Savannah TMJ dentistry is that there’s more to your bite than just how the teeth fit together. It is also where the position of your lower jaw is when the biting happens. Think about someone who may have perfectly straight teeth, but in order to get them to bite together the person has to shift her jaw over to the right. This is also a bad bite… straight teeth, but bad jaw position.
The problem with a bad bite is when the jaw is not allowed to “live” in its natural un-strained position. If the teeth are aligned in a way that the jaw has to shift, then this causes an imbalance in the jaw joint and jaw muscles. This imbalance leads to joint and muscle strain. This strain can then lead to many problems such as clenching, grinding, jaw pain, headaches, ear problems, back problems and neck problems. All these things and even more can be traced back to a bad bite. These problems can lead to what has been called TMJ.
The way to fix it is to first identify or diagnose the problem. At our dental practice the Savannah TMJ Dentist will do a computerized bite analysis. This gives the Savannah TMJ dentistry the information about the misalignment of the bite. A bite splint, or orthotic, is then made. You can wear this orthotic 24 hours a day to determine if your symptoms can be traced to your bite. After wearing the orthotic a more permanent course treatment can be discussed. Surgery is almost NEVER needed in treating TMJ problems.
About the Savannah TMJ Dentists
Dr. Brad Durham, DMD has completed thousands of hours in continuing education, with an emphasis on head, neck, and TMJ pain treatment, dental cosmetics, and complex dental reconstruction. Dr. Durham has lead the way for the use and integration of technology in dentistry. The Savannah dentist is also a consultant, author, and researcher. He is currently a professor at the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Education, and teaches courses in cosmetic, reconstructive, and TMJ related dentistry. He has devoted more than 20 years to developing a practice which combines art, science, and technology with personalized care.
He is among the world’s highest trained graduates of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). LVI is considered the world’s most prestigious post-graduate dental education institute.
In the year 2000, Dr. Strickland was the overall winner of the first ever “Dental Design Competition”, placing 1st in office design and 1st in high-technology integration. This competition is sponsored by Dental Economics, a leading dental publication and is open to offices all across the U.S.
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