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Office blog

October 2011

Why orthodontists should be holistic

Orthodontics is holistic dentistry. Surely that is correct. We, as prudent orthodontists, do not just treat a malocclusion; we treat a human being who happens to have a malocclusion. This is a mind-body-spirit unity, and orthodontists are unique among professionals in this respect. Read more.

TMJ disorder and orthodontics

“Doctor, I was fine until I had my braces on, but now I think I have TMJ.” In every orthodontic practice, this situation arises consistently and with alarming regularity. TMJ disorder is one of the most common problems affecting millions of people each year. Read more.

What is TMJ?

TMJ is the abbreviation of Temporo-mandibular Joint, which is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Every human has one of these joints on each side of the head, somewhere around the ear. Anything that you do to move your jaw requires these joints to function properly. That means you can’t eat, talk, or even smile and frown without functioning TMJ. Place your fingers in front of or inside the ear canals, try opening and closing your mouth to detect the movement of TMJ.

TMJ is a “loose-fitting”, rotating and sliding joint with a fibrocartilage covered, football shaped ball (condyle), fibrous pad (disc), fibrocartilage lined socket (fossa), ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and nerves.