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Bite dysfunction causing cognitive impairment

Multiple recent case studies have reminded me of  how the bite can have a major influence on brain cognition.  Bite dysfunction, by multiple pathways, can cause total loss of cognition or cloudy thinking.  This effect is likely to be caused … Continue reading

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TMJ treatment: Orthodontics vs dental orthopedics

  TMJ treatment: orthodontics vs dental orthopedics It is embarrassing to myself and my profession that dentistry is so ill informed as to the difference between orthodontics and dental orthopedics.  Orthodontics is used to straighten teeth (typically done with braces).  … Continue reading

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TMJ Treatment Bay Area and Substance P

TMJ Treatment Bay Area and substance P Substance P measurement is an essential part of dental orthopedic treatment directed at resolving neurogenic inflammatory disorders.  It is the measurement of substance P that verifies that any treatment was effective, and to … Continue reading

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Dental Orthopedics

Dental orthopedics is the area of dentistry concerned with the structure, function, and alignment of the upper and lower jaw bones.  It is some times referred to as dentofacial orthopedics, craniomandibular orthopedics, or jaw orthopedics.  The term is applied to … Continue reading

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Another reason why TMJ treatment fails

There is something to be said for years of experience.  One of the things that I have observed from treating thousands of TMJ cases is that compressed jaw joints continue to decompress for months, if not years.  This is demonstrated … Continue reading

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Treatment requirements for pain resolution

The treatment for  a malaligned jaw is both simplistic and often difficult.  The proper treatment is nearly always anterior repositioning of the lower jaw through the use of one or more diagnostic orthosis (what many call a splint).  The difficulty arises in … Continue reading

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Elder Care Initiative

Please see our newest article posted under Elder Care Initiative in the  menu selection.  I am excited about the possibilities and application for seniors with diminishing abilities.  All seniors with diminishing cognitive and physical abilities should be examined by a … Continue reading

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Use of Jaw orthopedics in an anti-aging regimen

TMJ manifests as a lot of different conditions, from mild to life threatening.  One area that is often overlooked is the effect of a poor aligned jaw on elder persons.  This can be critical to quality of life.  In some … Continue reading

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Perils of Orthodontics

Many of my patients develop TMJ symptoms as a result of orthodontic treatment, particularly  treatments that involve extraction of teeth.  Orthodontics as taught in most dental schools in this country, is primarily focused on tooth alignment, not jaw alignment (known … Continue reading

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hazards of tmj implants

Concerned by the decade long lack of scientific evidence last July, The TMJ Association asked the FDA to analyze all the Medwatch reports they received on TMJ total joint devices. They did and found that 52% of TMJ devices had … Continue reading

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