Some patients seeking our restorative dentistry expertise for the first time have problems with the way their jaws move and function. Certain patients have muscle or joint pain that prevents them from comfortably chewing, opening or closing their mouths without clicking, noise or pain. Others have lost multiple teeth and can no longer chew their food properly.
For these patients, we offer an integrated approach to restorative dental care that begins with a comprehensive dental examination. We evaluate teeth and gums but also pay particular attention to what the body is telling us. Are jaw muscles sore? Are neck muscles tender to the touch? Does the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) make noise when it opens or closes? Are teeth broken or loose? These are all signs and symptoms of a functional imbalance; the parts of the oral system are not working together in a healthy and harmonious fashion.
Once we have fully evaluated our patients concerns, such as TMJ disorders, evaluated the conditions that exist in their mouths and have made a diagnosis, we can offer comprehensive solutions to help return the mouth to proper function, comfort and health.