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Where Oral Function and Beauty Meet
Dr. Bernard Ang is passionate about helping his patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. That’s why he’s dedicated years of his continuing education to Bioesthetic Dentistry. A somewhat new concept, Bioesthetics refers to looking at the entire chewing system (teeth, jaw joints, and supporting muscles) when performing any dental work.
Bioesthetic Dentistry was formulated by Dr. Robert Lee, a world-renowned dentist and scientist. After researching many older people whose dentition was still in a perfect, functioning state, he established an ideal for a healthy chewing system.
By following these principles outlined by his predecessor, Dr. Ang ensures that his patients not only have healthy teeth and gums, but also an aligned bite. Your new smile will then be free of pain and future complications, such as jaw pain, headaches, and the erosion of tooth enamel.
An additional benefit to having a balanced chewing system can be marked improvements in your facial appearance. Instead of sagging cheeks or a crooked jaw, Bioesthetic Dentistry at our Amherst Village Dental practice repairs and restores your beautiful smile.
Laying the Foundation
Dental work can fail often not because it was poorly done, but due to the foundation not being correctly laid. For example, placing veneers when a person has a poor bite and wears away at their teeth will cause the veneers to chip and even fall off. Trying to straighten teeth without making sure that the bite is optimal can cause jaw joint and muscle pain, as well as shifting teeth.
Throughout his dental career, Dr. Ang makes sure the fundamentals are taken care of before proceeding with needed treatment. This allows all dental procedures more permanence without causing any future problems.
Ideal Oral Function
Dr. Ang discovered that in a healthy chewing system, muscles are stable, jaw joints are relaxed, and teeth have an ideal length. Using this information, he created a method to return any smile to a completely wholesome state.
Dr. Ang will assess your bite for any undue stress that might be disrupting the delicate balance of your chewing system. An aligned bite is one where your upper teeth fit naturally over the lower teeth and the points of your molars fit into the tops of the opposite molars. When chewing, teeth comfortably meet.
When your bite is off, your muscles begin to tighten, causing your jaw to move in an attempt to make your teeth touch when you chew or swallow. This occurs hundreds of times each day. Over time, this causes your teeth to wear down and become damaged, and ultimately leads to chronic jaw and muscle pain and discomfort.
Do you suffer from any of these red flag symptoms? These types of symptoms in many cases are the result of a misaligned bite, and muscles and jaw joints that are overworked. Most symptoms can be completely relieved with Bioesthetic Dentistry.
- Worn teeth
- Painful muscles
- Clicking and popping of the jaw
- Pain behind eyes
- Difficulty opening and closing mouth
- Ringing in ears
- Tingling hands
- Sleep apnea
Bioesthetic Analysis by Dr. Ang
The first step in Bioesthetic treatment is to analyze the current state of your bite — how your teeth come together, along with the state of the TMJ and the supporting muscles.
Dr. Ang begins with a thorough evaluation of your current dental health, taking note of any complaints or chronic problems you might be experiencing.
Using a dental face-bow, Dr. Ang records the positions of your upper teeth against the joints of the jaw and measures your bite.
A 360-view of your entire neck and head will be taken. Dr. Ang will analyze your face and the position of your facial bones, and evaluate your airway for any obstruction.
Checking the Bite
The models made of your teeth and bite are mounted onto a dental articulator in order to determine the relationship of your jaw joints and to see if your chewing system is functioning properly.
If after the analysis Dr. Ang discovers you have an issue with your bite that is currently causing you great pain, or could create complications in the future, he uses MAGO Therapy to stabilize your bite and get an exact assessment of the condition of your chewing system.
Patients normally feel immediate relief from any painful symptoms upon beginning MAGO Therapy.
Generally, the first step in an exact diagnosis is MAGO therapy. MAGO stands for Maxillary Anterior Guided Orthotic. It is comfortable device similar to a night-guard.
Why MAGO Therapy? A person’s bite, when poor, is unstable and changes from week to week. With the MAGO appliance, the bite is adjusted until the patient finds that it feels good and Dr. Ang gets a visual that the bite is no longer changeable.
Periodic small adjustments are made and the jaw muscles start to relax, allowing the jaw joints to return to their proper position. Most patients begin to enjoy relief from chronic symptoms immediately upon wearing the MAGO appliance. Dr. Ang says that after just a few weeks of wearing the MAGO device full time, symptoms can diminish completely.
After 3-6 months of continuous use, the bite stabilizes and Dr. Ang is ready to make the final assessment of what needs to be done to give you a permanently well-balanced bite and permanent relief from pain.
He takes another 3-D scan and new bite records, and prepares a custom treatment plan that is intended to restore your chewing system to optimal efficiency. This will alleviate any chronic pain and restore the balance of your jaw joints, teeth, and muscles.
Of Your Smile
Rehabilitation of Your Smile
Depending on the severity of your case, treatment ranges from the simple addition of bonding to the bottom of your teeth to lengthen them; to multiple crowns and orthodontics. For all procedures, Dr. Ang has partnered with a state-of-the-art dental lab that is also fully trained in Bioesthetic Dentistry.
Face-lift through Bioesthetic Dentistry
After treatment has been completed, you might not recognize your stunning smile in the mirror. Bioesthetics transforms your face and smile once we’ve put your bite into proper skeletal order. The muscles and nerves in your face are no longer stressed, relaxing all of your facial features and giving you the appearance of just having had a face-lift. You will look better, feel marvelous, and smile more often.
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