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Functional Dentistry

takes into account various factors such as diet, lifestyle, genetics, and environmental influences

Functional Dentistry takes into account various factors such as diet, lifestyle, genetics, and environmental influences that can impact oral & overall health. Dr Nyguen considers the jaw as a crucial element in his approach because it plays a central role in the alignment of the body. If your jaw is out of alignment, it can have a significant impact on various aspects of your health including:

TMJ Disorders: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders can lead to jaw pain, headaches, clicking sounds, and restricted jaw movement. Functional dentists thoroughly examine the TMJ to identify any issues that may be causing discomfort or affecting overall oral function

Bite Alignment: The way your upper and lower teeth come together when you bite is known as your bite alignment. A misaligned bite can lead to various problems, including uneven tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and even neck and shoulder pain. Functional dentists assess the bite to determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed to improve oral function and comfort.

Airway and Breathing: The jaw’s position can influence the airway and breathing. A poorly developed jaw or narrow dental arches may contribute to breathing difficulties, especially during sleep. Functional dentists may evaluate the jaw to identify potential obstructive factors that can affect breathing and overall sleep quality.

Facial Aesthetics: The position and alignment of the jaw can have a significant impact on facial aesthetics. Functional dentists consider the jaw’s role in shaping the face and work to create a balanced and harmonious appearance by optimising the jaw’s position.

Influence on Posture: The alignment of the jaw can influence the head and neck posture. Functional dentists understand the interconnectedness of the craniofacial region and its effect on the rest of the body. Addressing jaw alignment issues can positively impact overall posture and musculoskeletal health.

Chewing and Digestion: The jaw’s function is essential for proper chewing and digestion. A misaligned jaw or dental issues can hinder effective chewing, leading to digestive problems and nutrient absorption issues. Functional dentists ensure that the jaw’s alignment supports proper chewing and optimal digestive health.

Sleep Disordered Breathing: In some cases, a misaligned jaw can contribute to sleep-disordered breathing conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Jaw position can influence the airway’s patency, and an improper jaw alignment may lead to breathing difficulties during sleep.

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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Misaligned jaws may increase the likelihood of bruxism, which is the involuntary clenching and grinding of teeth, often during sleep. Bruxism can cause tooth wear, chipping, and sensitivity, and it can exacerbate TMJ disorders.

Speech Problems: Jaw misalignment can affect speech by altering the position and movement of the tongue and other articulators. This can lead to difficulties in pronouncing certain sounds and may affect overall communication.

Preventive Care: By examining the jaw, functional dentists can identify early signs of potential issues, such as malocclusions or developmental concerns, and implement preventive measures. Early intervention can help prevent more severe problems from developing in the future.

It's important to note that the effects of a misaligned jaw can vary from person to person. Additionally, the severity of the misalignment and individual factors will influence the specific symptoms experienced.

If you suspect that your jaw may be out of alignment or if you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, consult with Dr Nyguen & he may perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment options to address the issue and improve your overall oral health and well-being.

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