The Way The Teeth Come Together Matters
The teeth are part of a masticatory system involve many structural elements; the lower jaw, the fixed upper jaw, the jaw joint, (TMJ) the cranial skeleton and all of the connecting muscles and nerves that support the vital functions of eating and breathing.
Teeth and the jaw are part of the human skeleton, an interactive system where one part is always affecting another, i.e. a change in neck position can cause a rotation in the pelvis, etc. The jaw part of the skeleton is heavily used every day, so a correct bite position, in essence supports daily, the overall skeletal form.
A correct bite alignment can have a greater health benefit than you might believe!
The Proper Bite Position: Foundation of Natural Dentistry
Patients with bite problems may experience headaches or migraines, facial pain, clicking or popping in the jaw joint, shoulder neck and back pain or problems in swallowing and breathing at night.
In the full mouth examination we look for signs of a compromised structure. We see loose and missing teeth, flattened teeth from clenching or grinding, abfractions which are small notches or cracks at the gum line as the tooth “flexes” under excessive pressure, crowded teeth, a forward head position, or a bite that is too closed.
These existing dental conditions are a sign the bite is not and has not been in its structurally correct position. Without finding the ideal bite, the jaw muscles will continue to hold the stress position to meet the daily demands of chewing, talking and swallowing. The daily repetitive motion of an incorrect bite continues to deteriorate the teeth and distort the structure of the skull bones and spine, which can restrict nerve and blood flow and reduce range of motion, strength and balance, the three measurers of structural integrity.
In our Natural Dentistry office we have incorporated the Myotronics K7 Evaluation technology that provides objective information on the current status of the bite by measuring and recording jaw position and the associated muscle status through various ranges of motion. We can then determine the best jaw position to most effectively handle the functional force of teeth.
Patients can experience significant relief when the bite position is corrected.
It is important to establish this “ideal bite position” before doing other dental procedures. We can then align restorations, dentures, crowns, or even fillings to the correct bite position for that person.
With the ideal location precisely plotted we can create a temporary mouthpiece worn by the patient that brings relief and accustoms
the jaw to the new and comfortable position.