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Full Mouth Rehabilitations
Procedure Description: Full Mouth Rehabilitation corrects imperfections in bite position and enhances the appearance of the smile. Anyone with short, worn teeth or those that are chipped and broken throughout the mouth would be an excellent candidate. Combining the science of Neuromuscular Dentistry with the artistry of Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Rehabilitation creates a smile that is functional, comfortable and beautiful.

Neuromuscular Dentistry measures and determines the optimal position of the jaw. Once determined, the jaw position is corrected with the use of an orthotic (a virtually invisible appliance that fits over the top of the lower teeth, gently repositioning the jaw) or the application of dental restorations, including porcelain veneers, crowns or onlays. As an added benefit, the restorations are exceptionally attractive and strong, enhancing the smile beautifully.

How It's Done:

Using advanced technology, the dentist measures the jaw's muscle function in both stressed and relaxed positions by running computerized scans.

If an imbalance is determined, the dentist will decide whether to treat with an orthotic appliance, or to fit the patient with dental restorations. The orthotic is a removable or fixed appliance that artificially builds up the patient's bite to a comfortable resting position. For patients that wish to eliminate the orthotic, full mouth restoration is often required.

After the orthotic has been worn for several weeks to several months, the jaw naturally drops into its most comfortable position. Only then can the doctor begin to restore the bite. He will use beautiful porcelain restorations that can raise or lower the bite to achieve the most comfortable jaw position. With this correction, patients experience decreased or eliminated pain and discomfort, and better overall health.

Keep in mind: To complete this process with the best possible result for your bite, it is best to work with a doctor who can prepare your entire mouth in one appointment. Some highly qualified doctors prefer to work on one arch at a time - uppers, then lowers. If your dentist prefers to work on one tooth at a time, or in quadrants (1/4 of the mouth), it will be extremely difficult to restore your bite to a comfortable position.

Many doctors utilize the Tens, a low level electrical impulse machine that exercises the jaw muscles and releases the lactic acid buildup from muscle overuse in the wrong position. Then the Myotronics K7, or a similar bite measurement technology, measures the jaw's muscle function in both stressed and relaxed positions. A sonograph may also be used to listen to your jaw joints. X-rays, called tomographs, measure and reveal the jaw-to-skull ratio and aid in diagnosis.
To help in the aesthetic portion of this procedure, your dentist may also use digital imaging technology to show you what your new smile will look like.