Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction can provide patients with the solution they need to enjoy a brighter and healthier smile with a comfortable bite that also alleviates the pain that is common with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Your teeth, gums, facial bones, nerves, and joints all work together to form a healthy oral cavity that supports eating and speaking. If one of these components is misaligned or imbalanced, you can experience pain and discomfort that can disrupt your daily life. Fortunately, the team at Berrien Dental can help address these issues and restore your oral cavity through a full mouth reconstruction.
We will begin by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of your health and jaw function. In particular, we will look for any misalignment with your bite, your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and signs of TMD. You may have already noticed signs and symptoms of malocclusion or misalignment that can include:
- Ear congestion.
- Pain behind one or both eyes.
- Dizziness (vertigo).
- Limited ability to open your mouth.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- TMJ clicking or popping.
- TMJ soreness or pain.
- Unexplained dental issues, such as cracked or chipped teeth or restorations.
- Unexplained oral, facial, or nonspecific pain.
- Unexplained numbness in fingers or arms.
- Unexplained neck, shoulder, or back stiffness and pain.
- Ringing of the ears (tinnitus).
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).
- Cervical pain.
- Postural problems.
- Tingling (paresthesia) of fingertips.
- Facial pain (trigeminal neuralgia).
- Hot and cold sensitivity.
Full mouth reconstructions can address all these symptoms by correcting the underlying issues and providing you with lasting relief. By using the latest in diagnostic technology and corrective procedures, we can help you achieve a beautiful smile with a correct bite position. Addressing neuromuscular imbalances relies on non-invasive treatments that work to relax the muscles and joints for better placement.
Restoring Balance and Function Through Physiologic Dentistry
Your overall health is directly impacted by your oral health, which makes it especially important to achieve optimal alignment of both your bite and your jaws. Using advanced instruments, we can discover and diagnose neuromuscular imbalances and create a customized treatment plan that will allow you to enjoy all the benefits of optimal balance, function, and health.
Sonography. This diagnostic tool is also commonly referred to as an ultrasound or sonogram. It uses high-frequency soundwaves or ultrasound waves that collect information about the jaw by bouncing off the various structures in the body. A computer analyzes the behavior of the soundwaves and translates this data into detailed digital images. Through physiologic dentistry, your dentist will be able to precisely measure the movements and vibrations in the TMJ and identify any problematic misalignments.
Electromyography (EMG). With an EMG, dentists can record the electrical activity produced by the skeletal muscles and corresponding nerves. The diagnostic procedure involves placing electrodes on the jaw muscles and using a special instrument to record the electrical impulses. This information is used to diagnose any muscle or nerve dysfunction, or issues between the muscles and nerves.
Mandibular Electrognathograph and Kinesiograph (Jaw Tracking). Jaw health is primarily defined by healthy movement patterns that can withstand the force required for chewing. In order to gain a better understanding of existing patterns, we use jaw tracking to create three-dimensional images. A magnet will be placed on your lower front teeth and you will wear a headset that records data that identifies the trajectory of your jaw and any mobility issues that may be affecting your health.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). Ultra-low frequency TENS can be used to relax the muscles in the head and neck so that they are able to reach a point of true physiologic rest. This allows the dentist to establish a correct bite position.
Physiologic dentistry and full mouth reconstructions can restore your bite and allow you to enjoy better oral health. Contact the team at Berrien Dental to learn more about our full mouth reconstruction services and how we can help you restore balance to your smile.
“This dental practice has kept up with, and implemented, the increasing information and technology available to give the best care to their patients. Wholistic Health includes screening for oral cancers.”
• WAYNE M.
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