TMJ (Tempero-mandibular or jaw joint) treatment specifically addresses the treatment of bite problems, jaw pain, headaches, ear pain, ringing in ears, and back, shoulder and neck pain originating from a variety of different sources. Patients that have experienced trauma to their head and neck areas may require TMJ treatment as well.
The goal of TMJ treatment is to eliminate or reduce the above-mentioned symptoms and to restore the teeth to their proper position, improving overall health.
TMJ treatment goes hand-in-hand with Bioesthetic dentistry. When the jaw joint does not align properly, the chewing system breaks down, causing premature aging of the bones, joints, face, teeth and muscles. Because this is a gradual process, it may take years for pain or discomfort to surface. Often, when pain does result, it is in the form of headaches or other seemingly unrelated discomfort. Our team is skilled and schooled in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ and the Bioesthetic principles that can treat the condition. As in all areas of health, catching the problem as early as possible is key to a quick recovery.
If you have been diagnosed with a TMJ/TMD condition or are experiencing unexplained pain such as those listed above, please fill out our TMJ form on home page and call to set an appointment with us for an exam and a discussion of options.
One of the core tenants of Rock Dental is the practice of Bioesthetic Dentistry. The term “Bioesthetic Dentistry” refers to the study of the chewing system, namely the teeth, jaw joints, bite, and muscles. This system functions optimally when all parts of the system are in complete balance, resulting in an esthetically pleasing and healthy smile.
What many think of as “normal wear and tear,” dentists dedicated to this study have found is preventable and avoidable. No matter what your age, you can have a youthful smile whose parts works in harmony, alleviating many side-effects of imbalance. Symptoms such as jaw pain, excessive wearing and chipping of teeth, headaches, back and shoulder pain, jaw clenching, receding gums, ear pain and congestion can be corrected or avoided with Bioesthetic Dentistry.
The difference between cosmetic dentistry and Bioesthetic Dentistry lies in its purpose. Cosmetic changes in the teeth are meant to beautify the smile, but do not always address the functional issues that cause the initial breakdown. Bioesthetic Dentistry not only makes teeth look better, it also improves the health of your mouth and entire body.
Rock Dental is a dental office for the entire family and for all ages. Our preventive and Bioesthetic principles are our core beliefs and we incorporate them strongly into all our general dental treatment plans as well as our preventative appointments.
As important as it is to care for your teeth regardless of your age, identifying and addressing imbalances in children can prevent more severe problems as they get older. Dr. Robert Lee, the founder of Bioesthetic dentistry believes, “Save the children.” The incorporation of healthy dental habits early on can do so much more than just treat problems, the problems can be avoided entirely. Adults can be treated, kids can be saved.
Dr. Bill Gerace, a professor at UAA said, “When we think of kids’ teeth we think of decay and prevention—as we should. These are the critically important first requirements that we all have to master. However, we are learning that many future functional, orthodontic-type problems can also be avoided or diminished if we start to incorporate Bioesthetic principles in children at a young age.
Begin thinking of dental health early and the rewards will last a lifetime.
Cosmetic dentistry, whose goal is to improve the appearance of teeth and in doing so improve a patient’s overall appearance, is a very exciting part of modern dentistry. With the technological advances in materials used in dentistry, we are now able to improve smiles by whitening teeth, using cosmetic bonding, and adding cosmetic crowns or veneers. Beautiful results can be achieved with the bonding technologies and strong ceramics of today with surprisingly minimal tooth reduction.
Changing the look of your smile can change your life. Make an appointment today to ask us how we can improve your smile. Let us give you something to smile about!