This summer, I had the honor of seeing some of my original research published in the International Journal of Orthodontics. The peer-reviewed article, entitled Masseter Muscle Bite Force in First Bicuspid and Collapsed Occlusion Cases, outlines the fundamental relationships between masseter muscle function and a well-supported bite based on the information I gathered over several years of treating chronic pain and malocclusion cases.
Many of you who have seen me for dental treatment may have experienced the direct application of this research in my everyday clinical practices. The muscle tests and palpations that I perform during routine exams – or any time a change to the bite is being considered or performed – have been specifically developed out of my extensive studies on the interrelationships between tooth position, muscle strength, and TMJ function.
This research and experience has formed the backbone of my functional approach to dentistry over the years, and I am thrilled to be able to share a piece of it with the greater dental community. It is my hope that more dentists and orthodontists will begin to consider the importance of muscle function whenever changes to the bite are being considered.
I invite you to take a closer look at the article if you are interested by linking here, and I hope that you will always feel welcome to ask me more about how these concepts apply to your treatment whenever you come in for a visit.