Effects of Occlusion
If somebody asked, “why do we have teeth?” many people
would say, “to bite, chew and eat”. Of course these functions are
important but is that all teeth do? No. The most important role
of teeth is to “support the whole body”.
|Firstly, if malocclusion occurs,
muscles are affected. If you chew in an inappropriate way for
a long period of time, muscles such as the masseter, temporalis
and the rectus capitis lateralis (located in the face or head)
will experience abnormal force. Then, the neck muscles will
be affected and pain will occur in the neck, arms, shoulders
and back. Secondly, bone will be affected. As the jawbones are
connected to the rest of the bones in the body, if they don’t
sit in the right position it will affect the spine and the pelvis.
Not only could it cause minor ailments such as stiff shoulders,
pins and needles in the arms, dizziness, ringing in the ears,
backache and knee pain, it could also cause more serious complaints.
| Temporomandibular Artrosis
In most hospitals, treatment using biteplanes
(special plates for treating malocclusion) is very common for
temporomandibular arthrosis. However, standard treatment procedures
haven’t been established even at university medical schools
so they are not sure how many millimeters of biteplane is required
for each patient. Symptoms of arthrosis are; difficulty opening
and closing the mouth, pain around jaw joints and jaw joint
movement not being smooth, etc. If you look at a patient’s general
conditions, you will notice that they often complain of stiff
shoulders or backache (high and low). Therefore, we have to
look at the whole body and take into account that temporomandibular
arthrosis is a peripheral condition associated with spinal and
pelvis ailments. It is also a perfect example of a condition
that is considered to be difficult to cure because doctors practicing
western medicine don’t see patients’ conditions as a whole.
Examples of Improvements in “General Malaise” by Adjusting Occlusion.
There are patients
who are told that biteplane treatment is very safe because shaving
the tooth is not required. As a result, they wear biteplanes for months
or even years since their temporomandibular arthrosis or general health
condition has not improved at all.
bad alignment caused by wearing a for a long period of time.
of improving posture by row of teeth correction
Posture has improved by improving the a row of teeth by
the correction though the
body had been considerably distorted, too.