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Bioesthetic Dentistry

Having completed advanced training in bioesthetic dentistry through OBI. Dr. Tanner can accurately diagnose problems with the chewing system and provide the most conservative dental therapies to correct the underlying causes of tooth wear, not just the symptoms.


What Is Bioesthetic Dentistry?

When it comes to something as important as your teeth, you want to be sure they remain beautiful and healthy for life. In simple terms, a healthy mouth looks great, feels great and chews great. Bioesthetic Dentistry provides you with all of the above: a beautiful natural-looking smile that is comfortable, functional and lasting. Bioesthetics is the study of the human chewing system in its natural form and function. It is based on years of scientific research and observation of healthy natural dentitions where little or no dental repair has been needed to preserve the teeth. In these chewing systems, jaw joints are stable, muscles are relaxed and teeth are practically unworn providing excellent esthetics, function, comfort and longevity.

You may be surprised to know that the beauty of your smile may affect the health, function and longevity of your teeth. The natural form and function of your teeth, bite, muscles and jaw joints, collectively called the chewing system, was ingeniously designed to protect the mouth from harm.


Why Choose An OBI Dentist?

The foundation of comprehensive dentistry lies with the dentist understanding the biologic basis of how all parts of the chewing system work together to provide stability and harmony. If any one part is out of balance, the entire chewing system will suffer. For years it was thought that tooth wear was part of the normal aging process and unavoidable. We now know that is simply not true. An 80 year old person, for example, may have a natural, healthy smile of someone 25 to 30 years old. As chronological age progresses into maturity, the dental age remains young and vibrant. Dentists who have completed advanced training in Bioesthetic Dentistry through OBI understand that the progression of tooth wear with age is preventable. Today, with Bioesthetic Dentistry, it is possible to stop the destructive pattern of tooth wear and restore form and function to the chewing system.


How Is An OBI Dentist Different?

OBI trained dentists recognize that successful and predictable esthetic dentistry must be functional and in harmony with all parts of the chewing system. OBI dentists are uniquely trained to accurately diagnose problems with the chewing system and provide the most conservative dental therapies necessary to correct the underlying causes of tooth wear, not just the symptoms. Thus, Bioesthetic Dentistry can help you preserve the function and provide lasting natural beauty of your teeth and smile for a lifetime. Bioesthetic Dentistry may help you if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Unattractive smile
  • Worn, chipped, cracked or broken teeth and dental work
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Painful facial or neck muscles
  • Upper back or shoulder pain
  • Jaw joint soreness or pain
  • Difficulty or pain with chewing
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Jaw popping or clicking or grating noises
  • Loose teeth or receding gums and bone
  • Shifting bite
  • Ear pain, congestion or ringing in the ears

What Is the Difference Between Bioesthetic Dentistry and Cosmetic Dentistry?

Bioesthetic Dentistry differs from cosmetic dentistry by diagnosing the cause of tooth wear and other chewing system problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Cosmetic dentistry, by definition, serves to beautify the teeth or smile and can be decorative rather than functional. Bioesthetic Dentistry can restore damaged teeth to their original, youthful shape and provide long-lasting natural-looking results. An OBI trained dentist can help restore and preserve the function, health, comfort and lasting natural beauty of your teeth and smile for a lifetime.


How Can Bioesthetics Help Improve My Smile?

Bioesthetic Dentistry is a recreative art; its goal is to emulate the natural beauty, form, and function of healthy chewing systems that have lasted a lifetime. Bioesthetic Dentistry is based on biologic principles designed to return health to the chewing system. In many cases not only does the patient’s smile improve but dramatic changes in the face frequently occur. These facial changes are a result of nerves and muscles being allowed to return to their healthy functions of chewing and facial expression. When biologic systems are restored to harmony using Bioesthetic diagnosis and treatment, the results are truly amazing! An OBI-trained dentist is uniquely qualified to provide biologically based therapy to restore natural beauty, function, comfort and health of your entire mouth. Bioesthetic Dentistry can help restore and preserve the function, health, comfort and lasting natural beauty of your teeth and smile for a lifetime.


How Many Appointments Does Bioesthetic Treatment Require?

Bioesthetic Dentistry focuses on restoring harmony and balance to the chewing system by correcting the causes of tooth wear, bite misalignment, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and muscle pain, rather than just treating symptoms with superficial cover-ups. The time it takes to diagnose, stabilize and rehabilitate an unhealthy chewing system may take several weeks or months, depending upon the severity of the problems. Many of these problems did not occur overnight, and they often cannot be corrected with the instant and simple treatments that are often advertised. If you are interested in improving your smile with predictable, long lasting results that will help restore and preserve the natural beauty of your teeth for a lifetime, then Bioesthetic dentistry may be right for you.


What Can I Expect From Bioesthetic Dentistry?

Bioesthetic Dentistry is a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic approach to restoring health to the entire chewing system. It regards the teeth, jaw joints, bones, nerves, muscles, lips, tongue, mouth and the face as a collective system rather than individual parts. Equilibrium between all these oral structures allows the creation of a natural, youthful looking smile and promotes the maintenance of a healthy chewing system that will provide a lifetime of optimal comfort, function and beauty. Bioesthetic Rejuvenation is achieved by the following steps:

  1. A thorough analysis of the function of your chewing system is the first step in diagnosis. A maxillary anterior guided orthotic or “MAGO” is used to temporarily correct the bite, relax the muscles and stabilize the jaw joints. This removable upper jaw appliance, made of clear, hard plastic, is necessary to help stabilize the jaw joints. It is designed to stop the destructive effects of clenching and grinding of teeth, and to correct harmful chewing movements. The MAGO is also used to alleviate jaw joint and muscle pain caused by these problems.
  2. Using sophisticated instruments and computerized diagnostics, an OBI trained dentist can record the center of rotation of your jaw joints in their natural biologic position and measure how the upper and lower teeth fit together when the jaw joints are aligned properly in their sockets. A functional analysis, using models of your teeth mounted on a jaw movement simulator reveals if and why you have a chewing system disharmony and how this problem may be corrected.
  3. Radiographs of your jaw joints, facial bones, cervical vertebrae, sinuses and airway, along with photographs of your teeth, face and smile, assists the dentist in diagnosing problems before beginning any treatment. In the case of severely crooked teeth and/or skeletal orthopedic problems, consultation with an orthodontist and/or orthognathic surgeon may be necessary to insure the best overall treatment result.
  4. Once the ideal form and function of the teeth are designed in wax this blueprint is then transferred to the mouth using bonding or provisional crowns to change the shape of the teeth and to test the esthetics, comfort and function of the diagnostic wax up.
  5. When the diagnosis is completed, the proper overlap and arrangement of the front teeth is reestablished to protect the back teeth during jaw movements, such as chewing, talking, and swallowing. The original genetic form of the front and back teeth is restored to allow for efficient chewing and to create natural-looking esthetics.
  6. Bioesthetic Dentistry allows the most conservative dental treatments possible to eliminate the destructive pattern of occlusal disease and tooth wear.
  7. Some cases may involve only minor reshaping of teeth and bonding, while more complex cases may require full mouth rejuvenation to correct a destructive bite and reverse the damage caused to the teeth.
  8. By using state-of-the-art diagnostics, instrumentation, techniques and materials, worn teeth can be repaired to their original length and shape and the biologic function of the chewing system can be rehabilitated to provide a healthy, lasting, natural-looking and youthful smile.

My Dentist Said I Have “TMJ.” What Is That and Can Bioesthetics Help Me?

TMJ is an abbreviation for the jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint. Two temporomandibular joints, one on each side, connect the lower jaw (the mandible), to temporal bones of the skull. Between these two bones is a thin cartilagenous disc which acts to cushion the bones when the muscles open and close the lower jaw during chewing, talking and swallowing. When the lower jaw is centered in its most stable position, the muscles are relaxed and all the teeth touch together at the same time. This harmony allows the joints, muscles and teeth to be protected during chewing function.

When the chewing system is out of balance, caused either by a misaligned bite, trauma, dental work, or artificial tooth movement (orthodontic treatment), the joints must be pulled by the muscles away from their ideal, stable biologic position to make the teeth fit together. Early on, the jaw joints may be able to adapt to this position without any joint or muscle pain or visible damage to the teeth. Over time, however, this biomechanical and physiologic imbalance may result in severe damage to the chewing system, leading to a wide range of symptoms known collectively as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) or TMJ dysfunction.

When the teeth do not fit together properly and TM joints are unstable, the chewing system begins to breakdown, causing the teeth, bone, muscles, joints and face to age prematurely. As with any chronic diseases, TMJ dysfunction may take years for a person to develop and become aware of its damaging effects. Many people suffer from headaches, neck pain and jaw joint problems associated with an improper bite relationship of their teeth, but never make the connection because the symptoms seem unrelated to a bite problem. There are many more people, however, who experience no pain and are thus often unaware of the progressive damage their teeth, joint and muscles are suffering because of their TMJ dysfunction.

Bioesthetic Dentistry focuses on diagnosing TMJ dysfunction as early as possible and restoring harmony to the chewing system by correcting the causes of tooth wear, joint imbalance and muscle pain, rather than just treating symptoms.

If you have any of the common complaints listed below, Bioesthetic Dentistry may be of help to you:

  • Unattractive smile
  • Worn, chipped, cracked or broken teeth and dental work
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Painful facial or neck muscles
  • Upper back or shoulder pain
  • Jaw joint soreness or pain
  • Difficulty or pain with chewing
  • Grinding or clenching of the teeth
  • Jaw popping or clicking or grating noises
  • Loose teeth or receding gums and bone
  • Shifting bite
  • Ear pain, congestion or ringing in the ears