Occlusion and TMJ Pain Treatment
Speaker 1: One topic I'm absolutely passionate about and I pretty much base my entire clinical philosophy on is what most dentists call occlusion. Many patients don't understand this terminology, but it's basically the bite, how the upper teeth and the lower teeth function and come together. What sets our office apart from other offices is our advanced knowledge in the education that we have on the bite and how it's supposed to function. The bite is really the foundation of how your chewing system operates. The building blocks of your bite are the jaw joints, which most people refer to as the TMJ, the muscles and obviously the teeth. Breakdown of any part of this system can cause some serious problems for the patient.
Sometimes the joints will break down and you'll start to hear noises, clicking, popping or have pain. If the muscles start to breakdown you'll have soreness when you chew and open and close, and some pain. Obviously as the teeth breakdown they become worn. They can chip, they can crack, they can become sensitive and it just can cause a whole array of problems. When I'm treatment planning a patient, I always take the bite into consideration. It's one of the most important portions of the treatment plan, because having a proper bite will ensure a lifetime of comfort and stability that the patient can feel good about and can definitely smile about.