What is a full mouth restoration?
A full mouth restoration involves the individual restructuring of every tooth. By implementing neuromuscular dentistry therapy, we can restore a misaligned bite and alleviate tension or pain from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD).
Neuromuscular dentistry is focused on determining the ideal position of your jaw joint by measuring the relaxed position of your head and neck muscles and then repositioning your jaw to accomplish those exact measurements.
What causes TMD pain?
Your temporomandibular joint is the "hinge" that comes into play when your jaw opens and shuts. When this joint is misaligned, it can put stress on your muscles and lead to neck and upper back pain, sore muscles and migraines. If your teeth become worn by clenching, old age, wear and tear or even in the aftermath of other dental procedures, it can cause excess pressure on your temporomandibular joint.
Who has neuromuscular problems?
Anyone can suffer from TMD. Oftentimes, a poor bite (called malocclusion) can be genetically inherited. Other times, this condition can develop over the years, either as a teenager or later in life. An accident can cause a shift in your jawbone, and ultimately result in a malocclusion. Teeth grinding can suddenly begin at any age. Any imbalance in the muscles that open and close your jaw or influence your bite can cause pain.
What are the treatment options for neuromuscular problems?
Thankfully, in this day and age, there are several options for addressing neuromuscular problems. At Aesthetic Dentistry, we use a computerized diagnosis called the K7 Evaluation System to relax your jaw and determine your ideal bite position. Treatment options include an orthotic or mouth guard that temporarily repositions your bite. Orthotic therapy is always used first and foremost to correct your bite.
If you continue to experience TMD symptoms, a full mouth restoration is usually necessary. By restoring each individual tooth, your TMD symptoms can be alleviated once and for all.
What does a full mouth restoration entail?
A full mouth restoration involves completely restoring each tooth to its optimal shade, shape, length and position. By using special computer diagnostics and neuromuscular methods to relax the jaw muscles, our experienced Morristown neuromuscular dentist can create an orthotic that supports your jaw’s most comfortable position.
During your next visit, any old dental restorations will be removed and each tooth will be prepared so that your jaw’s optimal position is obtained. You will leave the office with temporary restorations and receive your permanent restorations three to four weeks later, to ensure that the new position of your jaw is in fact its ideal position.
If you are suffering from TMD symptoms and you live in the Morristown, New Jersey area, please call Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb today at (800) 672-8518 to discuss full mouth restoration and other options for treating TMJ disorder. At Aesthetic Dentistry, we can help alleviate your pain and enhance your smile. We look forward to helping you relieve your pain.