Dr. Greg Jorgensen
(505) 891-9440
1401 Barbara Loop SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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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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Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 24th, 2014
Does Tongue Thrusting Create Anterior Open Bites?

For years dentists have told patients that anterior open bites (bites where there is a gap between the upper and lower front teeth) are created when the tongue is pushed between the front teeth during swallowing. Although the tongue is one of the strongest and most active muscles in the body, does swallowing actually cause open bites? University research that measured the length of time the tongue actually contacts teeth during a swallow helped to bust this myth.  Researchers counted the number of times that patients swallow during a day and then timed the duration of a single swallow. By…

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