Occlusion (the bite) is the most misunderstood area in dentistry. Dentists are taught using a model that accepts tooth wear as normal and inevitable. The truth is: wear is a disease and should be viewed as such.
Patients come to dental offices every day to correct esthetic and bite-related problems. When they do so, they get a cosmetic “Smile Makeover.” Most of the problems are due to grinding and clenching, and this cosmetic cover up will never be the fix. Everyone has had a door that drags the floor when opening and closing. The door did not get bigger; the door frame shifted. You can shave off part of the door to get it moving without dragging, but most of the time it starts to drag again as the house continues to settle. This is what happens in the “Smile Makeover.” You have the broken or worn-down teeth covered up and it does look good for a while, but as your bite continues to change, this fix starts to break down. Why would we think we can ignore what is causing the destruction and have the fix last? Doesn’t it make sense that this cosmetic cover up will eventually break down again?
Bioesthetic dentistry is founded on a model of health. We analyze the bite, make a diagnosis, and perform treatment that will solve the problem. This does not happen with the cover up. When we restore our patients to proper form and function, wonderful things happen. The patients have a release of tension around the eyes, relaxation in the muscles of the face and neck, fullness of the lips, and a more aesthetically pleasing look. A bioesthetically restored patient receives the gift of “Natural Lasting Beauty®.”
Dr. Gayle Fletcher believes that when you look into fixing your smile, you should make sure you ask the right questions. If you don’t ask the right questions, you’ll never get the right answers.
The right questions include:
- What is the problem?
- Why is it happening?
- What can be done to fix it so it will last a lifetime?
- Why would you ever let a cosmetic dentist change your smile when you can have a Bioesthetic dentist change your life?
Principles of Bioesthetics:
- The jaw joint must be stable in its socket when all the teeth touch.
- The front teeth must guide the bite and protect the back teeth.
- The back teeth must have proper, sharp form.
Signs and Symptoms of Bite Problems:
- Head and neck pain that you have been told you will need to learn to live with
- Migraines or headaches that the cause has not been determined
- Jaw joint clicks, pops, or locks when opened or closed
- Worn, chipped, or broken teeth.
- TMJ disorder
The Bioesthetic Process:
If it has been suggested that you are a candidate for bioesthetic dentistry in Conroe, Texas, you will go through these steps:
Step 1: Attend a consultation visit to discuss your concerns and any problems you are experiencing.
Step 2: Receive a complete examination of the head and neck.
Step 3: Your dentist will perform a bite study to evaluate your needs. You will see your own teeth mounted on a jaw simulator.
Step 4: Experience jaw stabilization using a MAGO splint. This is where you will start to see changes in your face and your pain will start to disappear as your jaw settles back into its socket.
Step 5: Once the jaw is stable in the socket, we will make a complete and proper diagnosis.
Step 6: You will then be informed of the treatment necessary to restore you to proper form and function.
Call us today at Patient-First Dental Care at 936-856-9969 for a free 30-minute consultation with our experienced dentist, Dr. Gayle Fletcher, to see if Bioesthetics is right for you!