Below are the sequence we take at our Dallas, TX office to treat people for BioRejuvenation Treatment.
- Initial Consultation and Diagnosis
- TMJ Physical Therapy
- Post TMJ Physical Therapy Consultation and Final Diagnosis
- Restorative Treatment
- Post-Restorative Maintenance
Initial BioRejuvenation Consultation – This is an informative appointment so you can learn the basic principles of BioRejuvenation Dentistry, discover the current condition of your mouth and to find out the probable consequences of continuing in your current oral health state until you choose to improve your current health state.
- Patient understands current health condition
- Patient understands the principles of BioRejuvenation Dentistry
- Patient understands the difference between remedial (traditional)dentistry and BioRejuvenation Dentistry
- Patient has all current questions answered satisfactorily
TMJ Joint Therapy – Our objective is to stabilize the jaw joint and make accurate jaw movement records that can be transferred to a jaw simulator. This is accomplished by fabrication of a custom-made Condylar Centering Orthotic (C2O). This clear acrylic orthotic is worn in the mouth 24/7 until the joint stabilizes. This phase of treatment involves multiple weekly splint adjustment appointments to allow for proper seating of the joint back into its most stable position. When it is determined that the joint is stable (average is 6 weeks of C2O wear, it could be longer or shorter) then a longer appointment is scheduled to take accurate jaw measurements utilizing a sophisticated instrument called a Hinge Axis Recording.
Post TMJ Therapy Consultation – Our objective is to show the patient the difference in their bite as it relates to their unstable joint position at the beginning of therapy versus their new, stable joint position, and how their teeth can be restored so that their bite now matches their stable joint position. This is also the time to decide if orthodontics or jaw surgery will be necessary.
Referrals to Specialists: If necessary
Restorative Treatment: Our objective is to establish a stable bite that correlates with the new stable joint position. The way in which we do this depends on various factors including patient preference where indicated. We use tooth-colored bonding, crowns, bridges, implants, orthodontics or a combination of any or all of these. Sometimes, in rare cases, jaw surgery is indicated.
Post-Restorative Maintenance: Our objective is just to maintain the proper bite/joint position. Usually it involves simply checking the bite at hygiene (cleaning) recall visits and then an occasional bite adjustment to compensate for certain dynamic changes that can occur in the bite/joint over time. These appointments are short and inexpensive, but they are invaluable in maintaining a healthy, comfortable and stable bite over the patient’s lifetime.