To Understand Why
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to Understand Why
We believe in the big picture of oral health. Rather than focusing on isolated tooth problems, we step back and ask what is the underlying cause and how all your teeth function together.
Your mouth is a complex system.
Proper function involves four major elements:
- Jaw joint
- Muscles in your head and neck
- Supporting tissues (periodontium)
Most people are very functional even when one or more elements are not ideal because of our body’s amazing ability to adapt. However, for many different reasons, if we are no longer able to adapt, one or more of these elements begins to break down resulting in-
- Jaw pain
- Muscle pain in your head or neck
- Worn, cracked, and fractured teeth
- Loose teeth, Gum recession and Bone loss around teeth
When this happens, many dentists focus on individual cracked teeth, specific jaw pain, or isolated areas of recession and root sensitivity. Fixing these problems one at a time is helpful, but it will not prevent future problems occurring or prevent these condition from worsening.
Example: What you notice
- You have some minor tooth pain but after a few days it goes away
- You’re at a baseball game eating peanuts and the pain comes back but much worse
- You make a dental appointment and discover you need a root canal and crown on a back tooth
- Your tooth pain is gone but now you’re getting progressively worse headaches
- A year later, the pain comes back and you have to remove the tooth because the root canal failed
So what happened?
There is a functional issue. You have a back tooth that is out of position.
- When you chew your jaw moves over this tooth and crashes into the side of the tooth creating a crack in the tooth and causing you pain
- Your body adapts and your muscles learn to avoid this pain and moves your jaw differently as to avoid it
- Your muscles now have to work constantly to avoid this pain- created muscle tension
- Later when you bite into a peanut the tooth cracks deeper into the tooth exposing the tooth nerve.
- You get a root canal to remove the contaminated nerve but now the tooth is fragile
- You get a crown put on the tooth, however the crown is put in the same high position.
- Your tooth pain is now gone but your muscles are on high alert and your muscle tension worsens causing headaches.
- Eventually the root canal fails because the crack has continued to progress and you have the tooth removed.
- Neighboring teeth now have room to shift around and your muscle tension increases…
Wouldn’t it have been better to just get your teeth into the correct position in the first place?