Everything is connected…
Imagine a tiny sesame seed that gets lodged under your tongue for the rest of your life. How would that seed change the way your tongue moved, how you ate certain foods and, even, how you talked? Perhaps, now you are able to imagine what life could be like to have just one rogue tooth that is too high or slightly out of position.
Even a little bit of crookedness in your bite can result in major health problems over the years. Because? Because the body in which you live is a coordinated system… a machine that is finely tuned.
There is a collection of tendons, muscles, nerves and lymph nodes that connect the jaw with other bones of the neck and skull. If you have lower and upper teeth that aren’t meshing perfectly, each time you bring your teeth together to chew, bite, swallow, talk, sing, etc. – your jaw is trying to create balance and control – causing strain.
Unbalanced teeth can affect your whole body, or only one part of it.
Our Professional Philosophy
Along the way, we realized it wasn’t the teeth we particularly cared about. The people are. We would like to give them back what they may have lost.
Treating the individual is our main concern. This is the key. Treating you – addressing your precise, individual set of problems. There isn’t some doc-in-a-box approach here. The important component with Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry is understanding your concerns and problems. We give you options and support for your decision based on your needs.
Achieving Functional Dentistry
Functional dentistry encompasses the physical interaction of your teeth, jaw joint and muscles, and if they are working together to allow you to chew, bite and speak comfortably and precisely.
Occlusion is one of the biggest components of functional dentistry. Occlusion deals with how your teeth fit together including contact between teeth when chewing, biting down and resting. Your teeth are similar to the teeth in a set of gears – they must fit together precisely or problems occur such as cracking, wearing and breaking of the teeth.
If your bite is misaligned (malocclusion), it can cause your teeth and dental work to crack, chip or break, wear down and flatten your teeth, making for sensitive or sore teeth and receding gums. Also, if left untreated, it can bring about more severe problems including TMJ disease, tooth loss and periodontal disease.
If you notice your steering wheel is shaking and vibrating when you are driving, you know that the issue is not in the steering wheel. You need to have your steering aligned and your tires balanced. This is very similar to what happens with your mouth. You might be experiencing headaches, a stiff neck and sore jaw muscles. But, the true dilemma is your teeth. They need to be aligned and balanced.
Assessing and monitoring function and occlusion is crucial for all patients, not just those needing treatments including repair, movement or tooth removal. When the machine, your mouth, is working smoothly, there is very little wear and tear on the teeth and surrounding bone and muscle.
At Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry, we choose to be proactive about treating patient’s occlusion and function right from the start, instead of waiting for problems to happen. This not only helps patients save their real teeth, it also prevents possible problems down the road that would be costly to repair.
“How does Dr. Gaudio know if there is a possible problem with my occlusion?”
Your Jaw Joint Works The Hardest
Q: What joint in your body is used the most??
A: It’s not your knee. It’s not your hip. It’s your Temporomandibular Joint.
Think about it for a minute! When you chew, talk, sing, swallow, yawn – you are using the TMJ. It is one of the least recognized and under-appreciated joints in the body. Eating, drinking, speaking – all extremely difficult without properly functioning and healthy jaw joints.
Snap, crackle and pop. Great for breakfast cereal. Not so great for your jaw…
Clicking, cracking and popping in your jaw joint is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. You might experience pain with the clicking sound your TMJ makes and in some cases, the cracking is so loud, it can be heard by others when you chew or talk.
A displaced disc located in your jaw causes the sound coming from your mouth. A normal and healthy TMJ should be quiet while functioning. Clicking, popping and cracking are signs of an unstable jaw joint and an indicator that these symptoms should be checked.
What Is Malocclusion? BiteFX® Makes It Simple.
Has a dentist ever mentioned that you’ve got a problem with how your teeth come together when you bite down?
And, being a curious individual, you wanted to understand what they were saying. That’s when they began freehand sketching primitive cartoons of what came to look like someone’s skull. Then, they dug under a counter and unearthed some plastic educational demonstration contraption from the 70’s. Thank goodness it was now as clear as mud.
Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry uses a state-of-the-art, 3D, digital presentation program called BiteFX™ that employs elementary computer animations (no Pictionary™, “guess what I’m drawing” stick figures) to demonstrate your jaw pain in a way that anyone can understand.
Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry
Joseph Gaudio, DDS
530 East Main Street • PO Box 724 • Chester, NJ 07930
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