Advanced Dentistry & Aesthetics

Functional Dentistry

The mission and commitment to every patient: With thorough intake and diagnostic tools we gain valuable insight allowing us to assess the patient and explain treatment recommendations that address the foundational sources of pain, disease, or compromised esthetics. We spend needed time with each patient, facilitating clear understanding of issues, and providing options. The result being patients empowered to make informed decisions.

What does Functional Dentistry mean?

Functional Dentistry at its core embraces that when the science of facial development is understood by the clinician, the approach to assessment and diagnosis changes.  The dental and medical community are trained to look at the mouth and the teeth through a very narrow lens, negating its integral connection to the Musculoskeletal system, and uninformed of the prevalent developmental corruption, often overlooking the true source of problems when recommending treatment.  

Functional Dentistry’s Impact: Anatomy and Physiology – The Science of Craniofacial Development

Anatomists, physiologists, and Anthropologist all agree that in a post-industrial revolution world, the growth of the human face has changed. Our genes are being influenced by new and different environmental signals, resulting in a change in bone growth. This change in skeletal growth, from the patterns of the tens of thousands of years previous, can first be identified in the skulls of humans only 400-500 years ago. The new face of man is not due to evolution, but the environment affecting gene expression. More clearly stated, corruption. Appearance and function have changed due to our new surroundings and lifestyles.

This altered anatomy comes with a heavy price. Corruption of growth results in a retracted upper jaw, commonly referred to as “midface deficiency.” As a result, the lower jaw is forced to adapt and change position AND shape. Most often adapting into a retracted position, the tongue is taken with it, narrowing the airway, altering posture of the head and cervical vertebrae, compressing and dislocating the disk of the jaw joint and leaving less room for teeth.

The Result: These anatomical alterations have unfortunate and often life altering consequences. The functioning, or physiology, of the body now suffers. Poor jaw alignment and posture leads to musculoskeletal pain, along with arthritis of the jaw joint and vertebrae. Compressed jaw joints affect the structures of the inner ear. Narrowed airways alter breathing patterns, sleep, cognitive function including IQ and mood. Hormones functions are dysregulated due to sleep disordered breathing and the function of organs and other systems of the body may suffer.

Environment affects Anatomy, then Physiology (or proper body function) is compromised resulting in further anatomical change. It’s a nasty cycle, and when the body’s ability to cope meets it’s limits, quality of life suffers.