Functional Dentistry / Comprehensive Dental Care
Comprehensive dental care can be the perfect solution for patients in Austin, TX who have untreated dental problems due to the lack of time, money, or fear of the dentist. Functional dentistry takes into account that no part of your body functions in isolation, including your individual teeth. So the dentist attempts to fix your smile once, with a single treatment plan, and prevent the need for future dental repairs.
How comprehensive dentistry works
Instead of simply looking at the apparent symptoms and recommending a quick solution, functional dentistry requires that the dentist also identifies the possible origin of the dental problem and recommend a complete and permanent solution.
While a standard dental exam may involve checking for cavities and gum disease, x-rays and digital scans, and oral cancer screening, comprehensive care involves thorough inspection of more than your teeth and gums. Your dentist will also assess the soft tissues of your oral cavity and the muscles that aid in biting and chewing to help create a complete dental plan that not only solves the problem, but also prevents such problems from arising again by correcting a malocclusion (bad bite).
Many people do not realize that the muscles that help to create your occlusion (bite), including those that make up the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), are often the origin of issues that cause jaw pain, head or neck aches, excess tooth wear and stress, the failure of dental restorations, and even the health of periodontal disease. Only a comprehensive dental exam can connect common dental problems with underlying issues in your oral cavity.
For instance, uneven wear patterns are usually due to problems in your occlusion - the way your teeth fit together. While porcelain veneers can fix the cosmetic problem, only wearing a mouth guard and subsequent adjustment to your bite can stop the problem at its root. Similarly, extracting a severely damaged tooth can solve one problem, but create the risk of adjacent teeth shifting, unless the treatment is completed with a tooth replacement.
Dr. Fossum has advanced training in functional dentistry that allows her to examine and treat occlusion problems to help reduce and equalize dental stress, alleviate pain in your jaw, neck, or head, and make dental restorations last longer.
Looking for a comprehensive dentist in Austin, TX?
Choosing a dental care provider to trust with your health and that of your family can be tough. You need a professional with the necessary expertise and commitment to improving your oral health and overall wellbeing. Dr. Fossum has the skills and dedication to restore broken smiles and protect healthy smiles from unnecessary treatments in the future. Contact Great Grins Dental in Austin,TX today to schedule your consultation.