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.
“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.
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