Many morning head and neck pain issues are directly related to a problem with how teeth are mismatched when coming together. Many sufferers of chronic headaches mistakenly believe that there is no treatment available. Dr. Coseo uses the latest dental techniques to accurately diagnose and effectively treat patients with chronic headaches. Dr. Coseo will treat your condition, provide relief, and get you back to the life you deserve.
With the use of orthotic mouth appliances relief can be quickly achieved from the following problems:
Tired Jaw Muscles
Your & Your Bite-Occlusal (Bite) Disease
Information from the Pankey Institute
As you chew, your upper and lower teeth come together, pushing against the skull. If you have an uneven bite, missing teeth, or improperly aligned teeth, your muscles work harder to bring the teeth together. If you clench or grind your teeth, the strain only increases.
Teeth are negatively affected by three diseases: decay (cavities), periodontal (gum) and occlusal (bite) disease. Most of us are acquainted with the signs, systems, and treatment of the first two, probably from personal experience.
Dentists are highly trained in the diagnosis and decay and periodontal disease. Through education and experience, the doctor is able to look into the future and recommend appropriate treatment to minimize the effects of these diseases by dealing with them as early as possible.
Doctors who study at the Pankey Institute learn and develop the skills of recognizing the signs of occlusal disease and in providing appropriate treatment to halt, and often reverse its effects. Recognizing occlusal disease as early as possible increases the probability that you will have young teeth at an old age. Much of the bridgework, the crowns and repairs that adults experience might be avoided if the signs of occlusal disease were recognized and addressed in the early stages.
Your doctor incorporates evaluation of the signs and symptoms of occlusal disease into a comprehensive evaluation, often through the use of study casts (models of your teeth) and occlusal (bite) analysis. Your doctor knows that looking into the future means providing you with all information about what's happening today that will impact your teeth in five, ten, twenty and more years from now.
The Bite Splint
Occlusal Disease therapy commonly begins with a “bite splint”. This hard acrylic appliance is fabricated to fit snugly over either your upper or lower teeth. It becomes a temporary perfect bite for you.
Wearing the bite splint is a time of discovery for both you and your doctor. You will experience what a comfortable difference a stable, solid bite can make on your teeth, your muscles and your jaw. It is likely that many of the signs and symptoms of occlusal disease will diminish or disappear. How long this takes depends on your situation and the signs and symptoms with which you start.
Following a new bite evaluation, your doctor may ask permission to reshape your teeth so they move more smoothly against each other and fit together in the same solid position that you felt with the bite splint.
Occlusal disease does not always present itself so obviously. Wear, sensitivity, cracks, loose teeth, breaking teeth, sore muscles, painful jaw joints, headaches- these and more can be the effects of occlusal disease. In its early stages, an obvious injury, like a broken tooth, often hides the underlying cause.
In rare cases where the joint has been badly damaged, the bite splint may not achieve the desired results. When this occurs, advanced joint imaging and consultation with a specialist may be necessary to address the changes in the joints.
Whatever is recommended, the best dentist will be sure to spend time ensuring that you know what to expect, and a clear picture of the anticipated outcome. They also will welcome your questions and concerns.
Keeping your teeth in maximum comfort, function, and esthetics for your entire lifetime depends on you. Seeing and addressing the signs and symptoms of the disease process that work against that goal depends on what your dentist knows and discovers. Together you can be an unbeatable team that keeps occlusion working for your health and not against it.
You may have a poor bite if you experience any of the following:
You clench your jaw muscles for long periods of time
When you wake up in the morning, your jaw muscles feel tired and sore to the touch
You experience pain behind the eyes
You grind your teeth while you are sleeping
Your jaw clicks and pops upon opening
Your head or scalp feels painful when you touch it
Your ears ache or hear ringing
You have neck, shoulder or back pain
You feel dizzy
Losing a tooth can be a huge burden. Not only can it affect the way you eat but also the way you smile. If you have lost a tooth, it can be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness.
Dental implants are simply replacement teeth that are attached to pieces of metal, which are placed within the jawbone to restore both the look and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are a wonderful solution if you have lost one or more teeth, and want a permanent replacement. If you have a missing tooth, it can cause many different problems, like allowing other teeth to drift, limiting the foods you can eat, and loss of bone mass from the area where your tooth used to be.
Bridges can provide some help, but they also cause problems. With a dental implant, you can eat foods, smile, brush, and floss your teeth with confidence. Also dental implants will prevent your teeth from drifting, as well as retain bone mass.
Dental implants are also used to support bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures, If you are interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Gateway Dental Associates.
Dental Implants take time to complete because the implant must fuse to the bone prior to being outfitted with the replacement tooth. This may take a few months to occur. Once this has occurred, you will be seen so that the replacement tooth can be made for the implant within your jaw.
Widely used, dental implants have a 95% success rate. Also dental implants resemble natural teeth so closely that people will not even know that you have a replacement tooth.
Lumineers are custom-made shells of procelain that can be bonded to the front sides of your teeth to provide a beautiful new smile. They are created to correct the unique problems you have with your teeth.
Lumineers can perfectly match the shape, size, color, and translucency of your teeth. Your veneers can also be selected to be a lighter shade so that your teeth are whiter than before.
Lumineers are durable and stain resistant so that with proper care they can last many years. They are a perfect option if you are suffering from chipped, cracked and crooked teeth, gaps in your smile, stained, discolored and worn teeth.
If you would like to have Lumineers bonded to your teeth, the first step is scheduling a consult with us. During your initical consultation we will evaluate your teeth and determine if Lumineers are the best option for the result you want.
After it has been determined that Lumineers are the best solution for you, one of our dentists will prepare your teeth for the procedure. Preparing your teeth generally consists of no or minimal tooth removal.
An impression is then taken of your teeth and sent with specific instructions to a highly specialized dental laboratory. it will take 2-3 weeks for the Lumineers to be created. Once we receive them, you will be able to approve them with us to ensure they are perfect for your teeth.
We will then bond them to your teeth. This is performed with a specially bonding agent that is brushed onto your teeth. Then the Lumineers are placed onto your teeth and special light is directed onto them, curing the bonding agent and permanently affixing the Lumineers to your teeth.
Your Lumineers will be stain resistant, and depending on the shade selected, they will provide you with a beautifully white smile for years to come. Lumineers are a perfect solution for many different dental problems, and can provide you with a smile that is even, white, and straight.
Teeth Whitening with Zoom
Your smile is one of the most expressive parts of your face. Your smile can tell people a lot about you, your confidence, and your emotions. If you are embarrassed or self-conscious about the look of your smile, then teeth whitening with our Zoom laser whitening system may be right for you.
Over time, your teeth can become stained or discolored because of a number of different reasons such as age, dark foods and drinks, tobacco, genetics, antibiotics, fluoride, chemicals, and trauma.
During the teeth whitening procedure, you will be able to relax in our office with music or our virtual reality DVD player.
The Truth About Teeth Whitening
With so many different whitening products on the market, it's easy to get confused. So here are the facts you need to know before you commit.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth with carbamide or hydrogen peroxide under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Your dentist is your best resource to ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening and that you are using the right concentration of whitening formula. Philips Zoom at-home whitening products have two mild desensitizing agents, potassium nitrate and Amorphous Calcium Phosphate (ACP), to minimize tooth sensitivity.
What's the difference between OTC whitening solutions and Philips Zoom?
Over-the-counter whitening products are not customized to your needs. With Philips Zoom, the whitening process is tailored to your needs by your dentist, with custom-fitted trays for at-home treatments or just the right light intensity and duration in the dentist's office.
How long will my Zoom whitening results last?
Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. Maintenance whitening can help combat recurring discoloration. Only Philips Zoom at-home whitening products include ACP, which has been shown to help reduce whitening fade-back.
What causes teeth to discolor?
There are many causes to tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption highly colored foods and drinks (berries, coffee, tea, red wine). Some medications, aging, smoking and trauma can also cause teeth discoloration.
How long does it take?
With Philips Zoom, your teeth will be visibly whiter in one day. With Zoom in-office, you will achieve up to eight shades whiter in 45 minutes. With Zoom at-home, when used as instructed, you will achieve the same great results in one-two weeks, depending on concentration of formulation and wear time you select.