Effective Dental Orthopedic Treatments
Services provided in our offices include the following:
Underbite and Lateral Shift in Bite
The services provided at our offices are based on our expertise in dental orthopedics (Definition of dental orthopedics: The area of dentistry concerned with the assessment and correction of jaw alignment). Most dentists are not aware of dental orthopedics, nor do they know that the jaw can be repositioned. Dental orthopedics today is as unknown as periodontal treatment was prior to 1960. This area of dentistry is critical in that proper alignment has a major influence on brain function, posture, strength, balance, wound healing, bone metabolism, mood disorders, and numerous other vital systems.
Developed out of European orthodontic techniques brought to this country in the late ‘60s and ’70s. It was the European orthodontic techniques that first made dentistry realize that jaws could be repositioned. Dental orthopedics was further advanced by work at the same time by the development of computerized diagnostics in “neuromuscular dentistry.” The importance of jaw orthopedics was recognized by the American Dental Association in 1998 when it changed the official title of orthodontist from “orthodontic specialist” to “orthodontic and dento-facial orthopedic specialist.”
A problem was created when the American Dental Association changed the title of orthodontists but did not change their educational requirements. Hence, this area has continued to be poorly understood by the very specialists that are charged with its assessment.
Dr. Jennings has worked for over 40 years full time, treating jaw orthopedic defects. In that time he has developed many insights and new protocols for jaw orthopedics. Of utmost importance to the future understanding of jaw orthopedics is his paper on Biomechanical Principles of Occlusion.