TMJ/TMD Health & BioRejuvenation Dentistry
Changing lives through Oral Wellness.
Changing lives through Oral Wellness.
Dr. Steve has done extensive training in TMJ diagnosis and treatment, including a 2-year Residency at The Texas Center for Occlusal Studies. Dr. Steve has also guest lectured on TMJ Health in Wellness Centered practices. Dr. Steve treats TMJ patients referred from local physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, general dentists, and dental specialists.
“TMJ” is a popular term used to describe a disorder of the tempromandibular jaw joints, chewing muscles and bite. Symptoms of “TMJ” can be masked as other systemic issues including sinus headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder stiffness, earaches and tooth problems. These symptoms can be caused by an instability in your jaw joint and can be successfully treated by Dr. Steve.
TMD (TMJ dysfunction) is the dental term describing a collection of symptoms, which result when the chewing muscles, bite and jaw joints do not work together correctly. When the Tempromandibular Joints are not functioning as designed, they can cause many problems, such as:
Muscle spasm and tension is associated with displaced jaw joints. When these muscles are in spasm, the problems can be far-reaching. People suffer from symptoms they would never think to associate with their bite, such as:
The primary problem can be in the joints themselves; the muscles of the face and jaw; the bite (how the teeth fit and work for chewing) or a combination of these. Because the symptoms masquerade as so many other conditions, many people travel from doctor to doctor in search of relief. Often, patients go from dentist to orthodontist to chiropractor to ENT to physical therapy, getting some symptom relief that will return because the true cause of the disease is not eliminated. It is estimated that as many as 10-15% of Americans suffer from one or more of these symptoms. Many never think to seek a dentist trained in TMD for help.
The Biology of Your Smile
BioRejuvenation dentistry is a new biology-based approach to treatment. Based on extensive scientific research and observation of the human chewing system, Rejuvenation dentistry is a comprehensive process where:
Patients who undergo BioRejuvenation dentistry can expect to enjoy
There are several factors that differentiate BioRejuvenation than any other approach to dentistry, including cosmetic dentistry.
BioRejuvenation Dentistry is focused on diagnosing the cause of tooth wear and chewing system problems, rather than covering up the disease or treating the symptoms. Cosmetic dentistry, for example, is meant to beautify the teeth often without addressing underlying causes of disease. The result can be failure of the cosmetic dentistry due to breakage and wear over time. The BioRejuvenation dentistry process restores damaged teeth to their original, youthful shape and optimizes mouth function.
While BioRejuvenation dentistry has been around for many years, practicing it with minimally invasive composite dentistry techniques is a fairly recent addition and that makes it truly cutting-edge for patients. It also means that the information available on it is only offered by a select few who are pioneers in the field. Minimally invasive BioRejuvenation dentistry can often be done without the need for crowns and veneers, resulting in a conservative and beautiful approach to full mouth dentistry.
Dentists that practice BioRejuvenation dentistry are diagnosing the chewing system as a whole. Comfort, esthetics, functionality, and long-term improved oral health are all goals of BioRejuvenation dentistry.
Unfortunately, we cannot actually go back in time and get younger. However, the restoration of a chewing and smiling system to its optimal function results in a more youthful appearance by creating natural lasting beauty, elimination of most headaches and optimal relaxation of the facial, head and neck muscles. We have seen countless patients where they can look 10-15 years younger through the application of BioRejuvenation Dentistry. See below for two such cases.
This cannot be accomplished by just fixing the teeth, which is the focus of traditional dentistry. This requires treating the causes of disease and looking at the total chewing system. If you are wondering if this type of dentistry, schedule a complimentary consult by calling our office at (828) 692-3080.