What Is Epigenetic Dentistry?

March 16, 2020
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Do you have crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw? Are you tired of the pain, stiffness, difficulty chewing and the look of your smile? While there are many options that claim to temporarily fix these issues, Dr. Mingus offers one permanent solution you may not be aware of. It’s called epigenetics, and it employs a newly discovered science to change the jaw to align properly with the temporomandibular joint, improving the appearance of the face and alleviating pain.

What Is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics by definition is the alteration of gene expression without altering the genetic code. This emerging field of dentistry allows the dentist to use a special, custom orthotic to literally grow the jaw into a proper position. It does this by stimulating areas of the jawbone and causing the body to signal the jaw bone to grow.

Why grow the jawbone? The reason may surprise you. Many jaw problems can be traced back to an undergrown jaw. Painful problems like temporomandibular joint dysfunction, crooked teeth, sleep apnea and more can all be attributed to an undergrown jaw. Epigenetic dentistry aims to correct this undergrowth.

The whole process utilizes the patient’s individual DNA. Using a T-scan and 3D radiograph technology, Dr. Mingus can monitor the progress of jaw growth, enabling him to conclude treatment when optimal jaw growth is achieved.

What Happens Next?

Once the jaw is repositioned into its optimal place, the teeth can then be aligned to their own optimal position by using orthodontics to straighten the teeth and improve the smile. This combination of treatment can heal the jaw and alleviate any temporomandibular joint dysfunction pain.

The entire procedure has been referred to as a non-surgical face-lift, because the growth of the jaw and realignment of the teeth improves the appearance of the face. As you can see, the benefits to epigenetics are multi-fold.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sleep apnea, crowded teeth and even missing teeth due to removal for orthodontic treatment can all benefit from epigenetic therapy, depending on the severity.

If you are interested in learning more about how epigenetic dentistry may be able to help you, please call Dr. Mingus at 541-382-6565.

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