Biologic Diagnosis & Treatment of TMJ Disorders

Biologic Diagnosis & Treatment of TMJ Disorders

Bechtel Dentistry Is Focused On Biologic Diagnosis & Treatment of TMJ Disorders, Graduated OBI’s Level 3 Curriculum: Hello, I’m Dr. Jonathan J. Bechtel, DDS and I became a dentist because I have always wanted to help others. Nothing makes me feel internally better, than when I can help someone else. It adds meaning to my life. I am grateful every single day for the privilege to do the work that I do in serving others to achieve and maintain health and vitality for themselves, their family, and community.

Holistic & Biologic Dentistry in Lansing, MI

My private practice in Lansing, Michigan is a health-focused, patient-centered dental practice. I am also holistically and biologically inclined in regards to the care that I offer. I have been practicing dentistry since 2008 with an emphasis on holistic and biologic dentistry. Holistic because I believe that the health of the mouth and our overall health cannot be separated. Biologic because I continually strive to find new and better ways to help individuals get and stay healthy, always seeking materials and techniques that are as biocompatible as possible while at the same time providing for durability, longevity, and conservatism.

Over the years, I developed a special interest in helping patients and successfully treating those patients who suffer from TMJ disorders, bite problems, muscle pain, facial pain, headache pain, and a jaw system that is simply dis-functional.

I’m a life-long learner and I have always been driven. I encourage my patients to learn more, and I believe they expect me to do the same. I make it a priority to invest and attain advanced training and continuing education in my profession. I’m fully committed to increasing my knowledge and enhancing my skills in this specialized area of dentistry.

I embarked on the journey to further advance my skills in the “Diagnosis” and “Treatment” of complex patient cases involving degenerating chewing systems using Bioesthetic Principles, at The OBI (Oral Bioesthetics International) Foundation.

It began with completing and graduating from OBI’s Level 2 “Bioesthetic Diagnosis” curriculum in 2018, which focused on the OBI biologic diagnostic process, understanding of occlusion including diagnosis and management of airway challenges, and orthotic therapy. The OBI Level 2 curriculum was a pre-requisite for OBI’s Level 3 “Bioesthetic Treatment” curriculum.

OBI Level 3 “Bioesthetic Treatment” Graduate

Today, I am very excited to announce that after 2-years of intense and technically advanced course work, I have also completed and graduated from OBI’s Level 3 “Bioesthetic Treatment” curriculum, which focused on the Bioesthetic diagnostic process, conservative treatment options, development of an ideal treatment plan, and full completion of stabilization and restoration on an actual patient.

The three Tenets of Bioesthetic Treatment are (1) To stabilize the jaw in the jaw joint (2) Make sure the front teeth function properly to guide the jaw and clear the back teeth in movement and all contact when the jaw is seated in the joint (3) To restore the teeth to their biologic ideal anatomic form and function.

I am very thankful for Willis S., one of my patients, who granted me the privilege to use his personal case and apply it to my course work, which included jaw stabilization and mouth restoration. Willis came to me with concerns about TMJ problems and thinning front teeth. My treatment plan included stabilizing his jaw, eliminating his TMJ problems and then restoring his occlusion and esthetics to optimal tooth form and function. It was done as minimally invasively as possible. This process required no anesthesia and not a single tooth had to be cut down for a crown. This was all done with composite addition on the teeth.

Achieving this level of Bioesthetic Diagnosis and Treatment expertise means I’m able to provide my patients with an even higher level of care and treatment options. I am truly excited about the new possibilities and opportunities to treat my patients with more advanced skills and capabilities.

What is Bioesthetic Dentistry?

Bioesthetic Dentistry is a process that includes comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning in order to obtain a healthy, highly functional, unworn chewing system that provides natural beauty (known as optimal biologic form.) One of the main issues of Bioesthetic Dentistry is diagnosing causes of chewing system disharmony like tooth wear. It is understood that occlusion has a profound effect on the temporomandibular joint and the airway, so that it is essential for dentists to understand this relationship. Based on profound biological knowledge of the human chewing system, dental professionals learn how to reach the optimal biologic form using a number of different treatments.

Learn More About TMJ Health

Dr. Bechtel is a Lansing, Michigan dentist that is well-versed in the area of TMJ health and has had an extensive amount of success in treating patients TMJ health related issues. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms that you believe may be related to TMJ Disorder, please reach out to us for help as soon as possible. Call us today at 517-882-7132 to schedule your appointment and start your journey to receive pain relief from TMJ disorder. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our holistic dental care, exclusive TMJ/TMD treatment, or any of our other services. Our team is happy to assist you in any way possible. Our holistic and biologic dentistry office in Lansing also serves patients living in the nearby areas of Holt, Okemos, Mason, Grand Ledge, Dewitt, Haslett, Williamston, St. Johns, Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, East Lansing, and Potterville.