In comprehensive care, we look at the mouth as more than teeth and gums – we include the soft tissues of the surrounding oral cavity and the muscles used for chewing and movement, including those around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). In fact, these muscles that help create your “bite” or occlusion are often a source of problems that show up as jaw pain, neck or head aches, tooth wear and stress, failure of dental restorations, and which further can affect the health of your gums and jaw bones.
Many times patients are surprised when a comprehensive exam reveals problems with their occlusion. Usually the uneven wear patterns and the way the teeth fit together become apparent when your dentist helps you explore what you can feel and see in the mirror. Our dentists have advanced training in examining and treating occlusion problems so that with corrective care, stress can be reduced and equalized, pain can often be alleviated and dental restorations can last longer.
We look at your mouth being connected to, influenced by and influencing your whole body. Factors such as your general health, medications you may take, your state of nutrition, problems with stress from work or life, as well as your own self-care habits are all important in understanding what is happening with your oral health.