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By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
September 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Did you know that having good oral health means more than no cavities or gum disease? It's true. How your jaw functions--in balanced bitewords, how your teeth align when you bite and chew and how comfortably you yawn, speak and even whistle--impacts your over-all well-being. Garden Grove and Newport Beach, CA cosmetic dentists, Dr. Timothy Bui and Dr. Caden Lim, evaluate his all patients for jaw joint function. They make sure individuals of all ages have the most balanced bite possible for best oral function and appearance.

The Balanced Bite

During your 6-month dental exam, your dentist does a quick and comfortable check for balanced bite. In other words, do you back molars meet together completely? Is the top jaw bone slightly forward of the bottom jaw? Can you open, close and clench your teeth together easily?

Your Garden Grove and Newport Beach dentists also looks into adverse symptoms such as:

  • jaw pain
  • sore facial muscles
  • frequent headaches
  • dizziness
  • noise when opening and closing the mouth (popping, grinding)
  • tooth mobility, uneven tooth wear, fracture, chips and damaged restorations

They palpate, or feel, the disc-like cartilage at the jaw joint, assessing for size, shape and any discomfort in the hinge-like temporomandibular joint.

If symptoms require further exploration, your cosmetic dentists use a sophisticated diagnostic system called Myotronics K7. This device employs electromyography to explore the neuromuscular function of the jaw joint and sonography, or sound waves, to image the joint. As necessary, your dentists compile and study all this information to formulate a treatment plan to relieve joint discomfort and achieve a well-functioning jaw and bite.

Treatments to Correct Unbalanced Bites

Sometimes, cosmetic dental treatments such as composite resin bonding, porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers can build up worn teeth and even biting surfaces. Other times, patients need custom-made acrylic mouth guards. These devices, worn at night, protect tooth enamel and jaw joints from grinding and clenching (bruxism).

Orthodontics commonly correct the most complex of bite problems, including overbite, under bite, cross bite, overjet, open bite and tooth rotation. Your Garden Grove and Newport Beach dentists offer customized orthodontic solutions for kids, teens and adults, including clear acrylic aligners for comfortable, quick and discreet improvement crooked smiles.

Your Routine Exam

Book it by calling your Garden Grove and Newport Beach, CA cosmetic dentists today. Dr. Bui or Dr. Lim will check your bite and jaw joint function. In Garden Grove, call (714) 537-0550. In Newport, phone (949) 675-7750.

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S.
August 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have regular jaw pain or headaches? Do your teeth look worn down or short? If so, your bite may not be aligned properly, and it may be causing you significant problems. Thankfully, your Newport Beach, CA dentist, Dr. Bui, can help.Neuromuscular Dentistry

What are the Symptoms of a Bite that Isn't Balanced?

Your jaw alignment doesn't have to be off by much to cause a problem. Even a bite that is off by only a millimeter can cause symptoms including headache, jaw and neck pain, sore muscles, a limited range of motion, fatigue and dizziness.

Is Proper Alignment Really that Important?

While something as small as a minor misalignment may not seem like a huge deal, the truth is that even the smallest misalignment can cause a big problem. Teeth that aren't aligned properly not only cause the symptoms listed above, but they are also subject to excessive wear and tear. Your teeth may even chip, break or come loose.

How Can Dr. Bui Help Me Get a Balanced Bite?

Thankfully, it is possible to have the balanced bite you want when you visit your Newport Beach, CA dentist, Dr. Bui. Not only does Dr. Bui have advanced dental training from the prestigious LVI, but he also has the most advanced diagnostic equipment currently available, the Myotronics K7.

Dr. Bui can find and diagnose your bite problems. Even more importantly, he can bring your teeth and jaw back into proper alignment again. Whether your adjustment is minor or major, Dr. Bui can help you get a comfortable, healthy smile again!

If you are experiencing frequent jaw pain or headaches, if your teeth look worn down, or if your teeth are beginning to chip and break, a jaw that is out of alignment may be the problem. Call your trusted dentist in Newport Beach, CA, Dr. Bui, for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan today.