Restorative dentistry centers around bringing the mouth back to full functionality. Even if the proper preventative measures have been taken it is possible that restoration still may need to take place. Unavoidable causes, like accidents and genetics, may put a patient at a higher risk of needing restorative procedures at some time in his or her life.
For Dr. Angelina Anisimova to best treat her patients it is important to know what may be causing the issue at hand. She uses an all-encompassing approach to determine what may be going on. When a patient comes in Dr. Angelina Anisimova never sees just teeth - she sees the whole person. The patient’s upbringing, experiences, and life choices have all lead up to where his or her teeth are today. Dr. Angelina Anisimova takes all of this into consideration when treating her patients.
Once Dr. Angelina Anisimova has an understanding of the situation she aims to educate her patients on the potential risk factors and benefits of the disease process and treatments. This in turn will help them make the most educated decisions possible.
Dr. Angelina Anisimova takes extra care to identify the root of the problem and educate her patients so they may make the decisions that are best for them. She has implemented a variety of treatments including bone augmentation, gingival recontouring, and even occlusal therapy instead of mouth guards.
Give Dr. Angelina Anisimova a call today at (636) 227-2777 to start restoring your smile to its utmost highest level of functionality!
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint which is the jaw joint. It is located just anterior to the ear and connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. Problems with the joint, referred to as TMD or temporomandibular disorder, affect many people in the United States. TMD affects more women than men. TMD is most commonly caused by stress. Stress promotes the patient to unconsciously clench the teeth together usually at night. The pressure the clenching causes breaks down the cartilage surrounding the joint and over stimulates the facial muscles associated with opening and closing the mouth. Symptoms that this is occurring are pain followed by cracking sound when one opens his/her mouth, headaches, and receding gums. TMD is treated with a device called a nightguard that prevents patients from putting an exorbitant amount of pressure on their TMJ. This device is worn at night when the patient sleeps.
Signs and Symptoms
Sore or tight muscles of mastication (muscles used to chew)
Jaw locking open or closed
Clicking or popping of joint when opening or closing mouth
Limited opening of mouth
Pain when chewing
Palpate muscles of mastication (chewing muscles)
Palpate joint (check for clicking, popping, grating)
Joint Loading test
A TMJ screening is done routinely with check-up exam. We perform the complete TMJ exam on patients who suffer from TMD symptoms.
Treatment is decided upon on a case by case basis but may include one or more of the following:
Occlusal equilibration (adjusting bite) after a thorough occlusal evaluation