Diagnosis & Treatments
The most life-changing effect of Physiologic Based dentistry is its ability to prevent, diagnose, and treat TMJ/TMD. A misaligned jaw has far reaching ramifications that can present themselves as painful and debilitating symptoms which seem to have no relationship to dental problems. TMJ/TMD symptoms include:
In addition to X-rays or digital radiographs that reveal the position and condition of the jaw joints, Physiologic Based dentists use several diagnostic technologies in order to determine the ideal position of your jaw to relieve TMD symptoms. These technologies include:
Physiologic Based Dentistry Treatments
If the jaw is not properly aligned, Physiologic Based dentistry may help to address the precise cause of the problem — whether jaw joint, muscle or tooth position. Treatment plans developed by Physiologic Based dentists are designed to correct bite abnormalities by allowing the jaws to go to their optimal positions for the long term.
Adjustments to a person's bite can be accomplished using an oral appliance — such as a splint or orthotic— until the bite has been proven objectively to be stabilized. Or, orthodontic work may be required to ensure proper alignment, in addition to dental restorations such as crowns, or tooth recontouring (equilibration).
In the treatment of TMJ/TMD a Physiologic Based dentist will use transcutaneous electrical Physiologic Based stimulation (TENS). This treatment acts like a massage, relaxing the muscles, stopping spasms, and relieving pain.
Physiologic Based dentistry is a more advanced, effective, and complete approach to dental treatment than traditional dentistry. TMJ/TMD treatment can quickly relieve life-long pain. In general dentistry procedures the results are more accurate and long-lasting. When applied to cosmetic dentistry a more beautiful look can be achieved.