Epigenetic Dentistry and Your Jaw

October 12, 2020
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You may have heard the term before, but in the off chance you haven’t, here’s everything you need to know about a specialized branch of dentistry known as epigenetic dentistry. Epigenetic dentistry is something Dr. Mingus is very passionate about, but that not many people know about. So, what is epigenetic dentistry, and how can it help you? Keep reading to find out more.

What is Epigenetic Dentistry?

Epigenetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry that works to use your own DNA to stimulate a jaw that may not be fully grown. Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a teen or a child to have a jaw that isn’t fully formed. In fact, many adults’ jaws stopped growing before they were ready, leaving a bad bite, and a lack of balance to the face.

Epigenetic dentistry aims to correct this lack of balance, using DNA to grow the jaw with the aid of a special orthotic device. This device is comfortable to wear, and allows for the jaw to grow properly.

What Happens Next?

After the jaw is grown to its intended size and symmetry, the patient’s treatment continues. This may be with braces or other orthodontics, which help align the teeth on the newly-grown jaw. Not only does growing the jaw allow for a safe, non-surgical process to straightening the teeth, it can also help with reducing symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMJ dysfunction for short, and it may help better position the mouth to eliminate symptoms of sleep apnea- especially obstructive sleep apnea.

What are the results?

Epigenetic dentistry yields many positive results, including more jaw space, and a fuller, more balanced look to the face. This fuller look is like getting a mini face lift, and can improve facial symmetry, too. It can also be performed on adults and children, helping to guide their jaw to its proper alignment as they grow.

If you are interested in learning more about epigenetic dentistry and what it can do for you, contact Dr. Mingus and schedule a consultation. His office can be reached at 541-382-6565.