Dr Meyer at San Diego ICCMO conference
I was away from work last week for a couple of days to serve out my last days as President of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO). I traveled to San Diego and was greeted by 80 degree heat, but sat comfortably in the lecture hall soaking up as much knowledge as possible.
ICCMO is a non-for-profit organization that helps bring dentists, chiropractors, physical therapists, myo functional therapists, message therapists, physicians, ENT’s and neurologists together to study the mouth to body connection. Our goal is to help our patients get rid of jaw aches, migraines, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain by relaxing the muscles of the face with TENS physical therapy. We can help the jaw move to a happy, relaxed position.
We use a specific orthopedic jaw appliance over the teeth to maintain this new corrected and stable bite position. A proper jaw position is a building block to a balanced head and neck posture, and ultimately can affect the body as a whole.
Neuromuscular dentistry can help treat TMD
What is great about neuromuscular dentistry is that it is a non-invasive, non-surgical, and reversible treatment that can help you get rid of headaches. Many patients experience success in TMD treatment after years of failed attempts from other health professionals.
One of the talks at the seminar was by a neurologist and dentist from Edmonton, Canada, who together spoke to us about a study on the relationship between the jaw muscles and cerebral blood flow. Their study was performed on professional football players and it was really impressive. They determined that relaxing the jaw muscles and rehabilitating the teeth will improve cerebral blood flow. This balancing out of the jaw muscles and better blood flow to the brain increased coordination, balance and performance.
Orthodontic treatment should not require tooth extraction
We also had an orthodontist speak to us about the adverse affects of having teeth extracted as part of orthodontic treatment. He had a case history of identical twins in which one twin had extractions done and subsequently developed TMD/neuromuscular pain and headaches. After then undergoing 2 years of treatment with new expansion/repositioning orthodontics, she was relieved of her pain.
Her sibling, the other twin, did not have any teeth extracted and was treated with expansion/repositioning orthodontics immediately and her orthodontic treatment was complete in 9 short months. Meyer Dental Group believes that orthodontic treatment should not require extractions, similar to the study that was presented.
An inter-disciplinary approach to sleep and behavioral disorders
A Myofunctional therapist from California, Joy Moeller, joined us to speak about a multi- disciplinary approach in the treatment of sleep apnea. The talk covered the common developmental pathways and environmental influences that lead to TMJ disorders and Sleep Disorders. Problems associated with sleep apnea include ADD, ADHD, and orthopedic developmental problems. These are all conditions we deal with in our office on a daily basis and will be evaluated in order to give you the proper diagnosis and treatment options.
It was a great lecture forum and I was on my toes making sure everything went smoothly. It was extremely rewarding bringing so many great speakers together for the ICCMO North America meeting. Please visit www.meyerdentalgroup.net and www.iccmo.org for more info about TMD and feel free to come into the office for a free consultation.
Dr. Tom Meyer, DDS, MICCMO