Dr. Greg Jorgensen
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1401 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

The Jorgensen Orthodontics Blog

Does Orthodontic Treatment (Braces) Cause TMJ?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 29th, 2017
Does Orthodontic Treatment (Braces) Cause TMJ?

Every May our office sees an increase in the number of phone calls from parents of high-school-aged children concerned because they have suddenly developed “TMJ” (or more appropriately TMD or temporomandibular disorders). They want to come and see me (an orthodontist) assuming the joint symptoms are directly related to their bite. What is the real relationship between the temporomandibular disorders and orthodontics? Following a landmark lawsuit in 1987 where a Michigan patient received a legal judgment against her orthodontist for giving her “TMJ,” hundreds of studies and millions of dollars have been spent by the scientific community to find if…

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Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on June 26th, 2017
Considering Adult Orthodontic Treatment?

Since starting my private practice in 1992, I have observed that the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased every year. For whatever reason, the percentage of adults in active treatment has grown from about 15% to over 30% in 2017. What are the pros and cons of adult treatment and how is it different from adolescent treatment? I love my adult patients. They are typically better informed, more motivated, follow instructions better, and usually have better oral hygiene than adolescents. With the availability of information on the Internet, most adult patients have a better understanding of their own…

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What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 30th, 2017
What Can I Do If My Child Is Missing a Permanent Tooth?

Children typically lose their last baby tooth around age 12. In most, the loss of a baby tooth is followed almost immediately by the eruption of the corresponding permanent one. If a baby tooth has been lost and a replacement does not appear in a reasonable amount of time, it could be because it is crowded, impacted (headed in wrong direction), or missing. The best way to determine what is going on is a dental x-ray. What can be done if your child is missing a tooth? There are three options when a permanent tooth is missing: 1) preserve the…

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Why Aren’t My Child’s Permanent Teeth Coming In?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 30th, 2017
Why Aren’t My Child’s Permanent Teeth Coming In?

Did your son or daughter lose a baby tooth months ago and there is still no sign of a replacement tooth? Here are two common reasons (and three rare ones) why this sometimes happens. First, for a permanent tooth to erupt into place, there must be sufficient space. The permanent teeth in the front of the mouth are much wider than the baby teeth they replace. Ideally, by the time a baby tooth is lost, there should be extra space on either side of it so that the permanent tooth will have plenty of room. If there is not enough…

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Can Functional Orthodontic Appliances Really Grow Jaws?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 27th, 2017
Can Functional Orthodontic Appliances Really Grow Jaws?

One of the most common orthodontic problems that we encounter in new patients is a small lower jaw. This may manifest itself as an overbite, a deep bite, or crowding (in either jaw). Wouldn’t it be great if we had some way to encourage the jaws to grow in the amount and direction needed to correct these issues? This has been the dream of orthodontists and their patients for over 100 years. Is there really a way to change the size a jaw without surgery? Can functional appliances actually “grow” the jaws? Functional appliances are so named because they are…

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