Occlusal Imbalance

Occlusal imbalance causes headaches and TMJ disorder.


If our occlusion is not in harmony and balance the muscles of the neck can be affected along with the muscles for mastication.The scalene muscles are the stabilizers.
Short muscles under spinal control
Optimize your movement and minimize your stress.
They are switched off most of the time.They only come into play when the joint is stressed.
If your patient shows pain in the scalene muscles chances are their occlusion needs attention.
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The Science Behind The Facialblock™ Appliance

On occasion, in thoughtful query, a few in the profession have expressed that the basis for the Facialblock™ Appliance protocol is anecdotal, without scientific basis. I will address such judgment herein.

Donald Enlow in the “Essentials of Facial Growth, second edition”, points out that “bone remodeling and displacement are the two critical elements of growth and development.” He indicates that “the brain with its associated sensory organs and basicranium, the facial and pharyngeal airway, and the oral complex are all interrelated.” He states that “the airway function is the keystone for the face and that growth processes work toward an ongoing state of composite function and structural equilibrium.”
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Treating Teeth Clenching And Grinding

The most common causes of teeth clenching and grinding are; stress, anxiety, suppression of anger and frustration, abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion), sleep and breathing problems and the side effects of medication
The standard dental treatment is to provide an occlusal guard or splint. There is not sufficient evidence that these appliances are effective1.

However, a study on mandibular advancement devices (MAD) finds significant reduction in sleep bruxism.2 Short term results using MAD
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