What is Physiologic (TMJ/TMD) Dentistry?

Physiologic dentistry is a comprehensive view of oral health, balance, and beauty:  it’s making sure that the shape and position of the teeth and jaw support natural pain-free function.  The teeth, jaw joint, and the muscles that support them must all be balanced or the system will break down over time.  Symptoms of an unbalanced bite show up in many ways:

  • clenching and grinding
  • TMJ/TMD symptoms
  • headaches
  • vertigo/motion sickness
  • tinnitus
  • airway obstructions
  • gum recession
  • chipped and broken teeth
  • many more!

But physiologic dentistry is more than just health and wellness….when the underlying facial structures of the teeth and jaw are balanced, the result is a beautiful natural smile and more youthful facial features!

Being able to offer our patients their healthiest and most beautiful smiles requires having a thorough understanding of what is necessary to create symmetry and balance.

It’s basically Anatomy 101: the lower half of your head is a complicated, condensed network of bone, ears, brain stem, nerves, arteries, lymph vessels, palate, airway, acupuncture meridians, teeth, muscles, gums and joints. It’s by far the most complex area in the human body. As such, it’s got potential for diverse problems. Only with a specialized dentist who is passionate about discovering and FIXING facial and dental formation can these problems be revealed and fixed.

By fixing the underlying imbalances we are able to provide

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