Jaw function and balanced bite

February 05, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized

Just like orthopedic surgeons and chiropractors exam the skeleto-muscular development of your legs, back etc., we as dentists are paying attention to your jaw in a similar way. One leg shorter than the other will rotate your pelvis and cause compensatory shifts in your spine. Similarly a bite that rotates the jaw joints causes compensatory stress in the muscles and joints. Sometimes they cause pain. Sometimes they don't. But the body wears done even when it doesn't feel pain. We promote prevention to prevent that pain and so we may suggest at times that you have your bite balanced. There are multiple benefits that are felt with a better bite and the fine tuning involved in a bite equilibration is something that is not always taught in dental school. That is why I have practiced Dawson Dentistry throughout my career.