Hello Everyone, My name is Alizah Shahar and I am an Oral Myologist and Speech Pathologist with TASL Speech Therapy Consultants here in Houston, TX. Today’s topic is about how to open and close your jaw appropriately. We first will begin by understanding what muscles we use to open and close our mouths. Major Muscles to Open Your Jaw There are three major muscles to open your jaw are the Temporalis muscle, Masseter, and Lateral Pterygoid Muscles. The Lateral Pterygoid muscl
The main goal of Myofunctional Therapy for patients undergoing orthognathic surgery or jaw surgery is to restore normal function and to obtain muscular static and dynamic equilibrium. A successful stable outcome from the surgical, orthodontic, and myofunctional treatments has a great impact on the patient's psychological well-being and function of the jaw. Surgeons and Dentists typically consider the bones and their relationship to each other. They tend to focus on the occlus
Myofunctional Therapy can resolve lockjaw in patients who have undergone oral surgery or have Radio Chemotherapy for head and neck cancer. Trismus, also known as lockjaw, is caused by trauma or injury to the chewing muscles. Your chewing muscles serve two functions: To chew your food To open your mouth. Without your chewing muscles, it would be hard to talk, eat, brush your teeth, swallow, and in some cases open your mouth to get your braces measured and installed after jaw
Oral Myofunctional Therapy for denture patients involves training of the orofacial musculature, including modification of habits that are detrimental to the stability and proper functioning of the prosthesis. This therapy helps patients to assume some responsibility in treatment and provides an oral environment in which a prosthesis can be worn comfortably. Denture patients fall into two groups; those who are successful in using their dentures and those who are not. Patients
The 3 biggest factors that impact facial and jaw development include: Proper tongue posture and functionality (swallowing & speech) Lip sealed with teeth lightly touching Upper Airway (Respiration, nasal breathing) When any of these factors are interrupted during development, I commonly see in my office patients with narrow vaulted palates, a lower jaw that is too small, one or both jaws recessed, or an upper jaw that is too small (underbite). I wanted to emphasize in this a
Jaw Surgery Rehabilitation "Avoid Relapse & Improper Muscle Function with Post-Op Treatment". If you had knee surgery, you would be recommended for Physiotherapy to improve muscle function. So why wouldn't it work the same way for the jaw muscles? Myofuntional Therapy can improve your post-operative outcomes.
Jaw surgery will change your bone structure and with that, the muscles of the jaw will also change. This causes your muscles of the jaw, tongue, chew and swallow, spe
So many times I’ve had patients during the initial consultation say they feel that their tongue is too big for their mouth. Although they feel that their tongue is too big for their mouth in all actuality it is not true. Their mouth is too small for their tongue! Many of these patients who feel that their tongue is too big for their mouth have a forward tongue thrust, tongue-tie have issues with mouth breathing, and sometimes speech such as a lisp. Many had orthodontic trea
What is Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder? Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs) are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. OMDs may affect, directly and/or indirectly, facial skeletal growth and development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, the stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.
Stages and frequency of care vary from individual to individual. From proactive and prev
We utilize a non-surgical treatment approach to address the underlying causes of: Jaw Clenching, Jaw Alignment, Sleep Disorders, Speech Problems, & Swallowing Problems (TMJ, Tongue Tie or Thrust, Jaw Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Air-Way, Swallow, Chewing, Muscular rehabilitation and more.) Related Articles: How Myofunctional Therapy Works (taslconsultants.com) What Sleep Apnea and Sleep Bruxism does to your Health! (taslconsultants.com) TMD, AIRWAY, & SWALLOWING ISSUES (taslconsult
Dentists and orthodontists are concerned with the effects of the tongue and facial muscles on the occlusion (how teeth fit together) of teeth because of the evidence proving that too much tongue pressure against the teeth on the inside and an unequal amount of facial muscle pressure from the outside. Often braces, aligners, expanders (aka appliances) are placed without addressing these underlying issues. What often happens is that as soon as the appliances come off, the teet
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue”- Proverb 18:21 This proverb holds true on so many levels. When I spoke to my Rabbi, he shared that this Proverb had to do with speech, “Don’t talk ill about others and about yourself”. We all must watchfully consider the words that come out of our mouths because words can kill. As a myofunctional speech pathologist, my mind began to wander and connect this Proverb to the actual tongue. I cannot agree more that Life and Death