A Pasadena Cosmetic Dentist Can Tell

If your teeth are showing wear and tear it could have something to do with your bite. Cross, under, or overbites will affect the way your teeth come together. This in turn will cause additional stress to your teeth and dental restorations.

Tooth Grinding and Your Cosmetic Dentist

According to Dr. Paul Shinto and his team of dentists in Pasadena your bite and the way your jaw joints come together play a huge role in the health of your teeth and gums. In fact, people who are chronic tooth grinders may be lead to serious problems if it is not addressed.

Your dentist in Pasadena realizes the connection between the entire chewing system and teeth and gums. That is why when you schedule an appointment your temporomandibular joints and the way your teeth come together are thoroughly examined as well.

This rules out any issues that could affect dental restorations, including porcelain veneers and cosmetic dental crowns.

Temporomandibular Joints

Your temporomandibular joints, called TMJ are what hinge your lower and upper jaw together.

If something isn’t right with your TMJ you will develop a disorder. Called TMJD it can cause serious issues for teeth and gums but that isn’t all.

If you have a problem with your TMJ you will probably hear or feel popping or clicking in your jaw. In addition you may wake with morning headaches. If you have problems eating, chronic head or earaches there is a good chance you are dealing with temporomandibular joint disorder.

Your Chewing System

Dr. Shinto, Dr. Funatsu, and Dr. Kato check out your entire chewing system making sure that everything is working as it should. This includes your temporomandibular joints and your bite.

If something isn’t functioning properly the problem is addressed before moving forward with cosmetic dentistry.

Unfortunately, if you work with a dentist who doesn’t examine your chewing system and bite your porcelain veneers may not last very long.

A bad bite or out of position TMJ will cause serious problems for natural teeth, as well as veneers or crowns.

A Thorough Dental Checkup

If you want a thorough dental exam in Pasadena, call or send a direct message and schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert Funatsu or Dr. Bryce Kato today.