Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Headaches, Migraines, TMJ Pain, Invisalign, Dentist Bergen County NJ
Dr. John Sousa has the highest level of accreditation and expertise in treating difficult cosmetic full mouth rehabilitation. He has been an active member of the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry for over 15 years. His expertise in combining cosmetic, restorative, orthodontics and the rehabilitation of TMJ disorders, is a free consultation away. Dr. Sousa and his dedicated team want to welcome you to a truly comprehensive Cosmetic Restorative practice. Come ask us what we can do for you!
“The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® - AACD - is dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care. The AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities and serving as an inviting forum for evaluating the most advanced treatments, procedures and materials.
December of 1984, 60 dentists answered the call of AACD founder Dr. Jack Kammer and co-founder Dr. Jeff Morley. This visionary group met in Las Vegas to create an organization devoted to the art and science of cosmetic dentistry. From this small gathering of dedicated individuals, the AACD has matured into the world's largest organization for cosmetic dental professionals. The AACD continues to grow and now includes more than 6,000 dental professionals, laboratory technicians, educators, and researchers from 70 countries worldwide.
AACD members are recognized as professionals dedicated to the constant improvement of their skills and knowledge and to making the life-changing benefits of cosmetic dentistry available to more people every year. The Academy believes that esthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient and do no harm. So it strongly encourages treatment decisions based on the foundation of evidence-based protocols combined with sound clinical judgment. AACD also strongly encourages cosmetic dentistry to integrate interdisciplinary medical and dental treatments to enhance results and minimize the loss of healthy human tissue. That means AACD member dentists champion and provide minimally invasive treatment protocols, when and where appropriate, while ensuring they are consistent with the long-term health and needs of the patient. Finally, the Academy encourages the search and development of innovative technology and materials to deliver dentistry that is predictable and long lasting.”
Patients, whom have been treated by Dr. John Sousa, are often transformed from the inside out because of this participation in the constantly growing educational opportunities of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. That commitment to education has led Dr. Sousa to believe that responsible esthetics means dealing with beauty that's more than skin-deep. It means striving for a smile that connects. The changes that can be made to your smile, through a wide variety of procedures, techniques, and the newest materials, are remarkable.
Why is Neutomuscular Dentistry a must for your Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Neuromuscular dentistry differs from "traditional" dentistry in the emphasis that is placed upon the health of the jaw joints and the activity of the muscles that move the jaw.
Unlike neuromuscular dentistry, traditional dentistry uses the position of the jaw established when all the biting surfaces of the teeth come together as a reference point to restore teeth. Neuromuscular dentistry recognizes the importance of having a balanced and stable jaw position before restoring teeth. It creates, stabilizes and maintains a harmonious relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, and head and neck muscles. The complex system of teeth, muscles and joints must function without stress, strain or tension. Stress causes fatigue and pain.
Neuromuscular Dentistry understands that nerves and muscles determine a relaxed, comfortable, stress free jaw position - not the interlocking of teeth. Neuromuscular Dentistry defines the importance of having a balanced and stable jaw position before restoring teeth. It creates, stabilizes and maintains a harmonious relationship among the teeth, jaw joints, head and neck muscles.
Over time, when teeth, joints and muscles are in conflict, resulting symptoms can occur.
- Clenching or grinding
- Pain, clicking and popping in joints
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Loose teeth
- Worn, chipped, or cracked teeth and fillings
- Numbness in arms and fingers
- Ringing or congestion in the ears
- Pain behind the eyes
- Facial pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain and sensitivity in teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Periodontal disease
The first goal of neuromuscular dentistry is to find the position of the jaw where the muscles are relaxed. This three dimensional position is often very different than the stressful position in which your teeth have held your jaw for many years. With the principles and techniques of neuromuscular dentistry, we can help you achieve a more comfortable and healthier smile.
A harmonious bite
In a balanced bite, the teeth, jaw joints, and muscles can work together without strain or tension. The biting surfaces of upper and lower teeth fir together neatly, and the jaw joints work smoothly. The muscles on both sides of the face are relaxed when you are not chewing or swallowing, and when you do chew and swallow, these muscles contract evenly to bring the teeth together
A problem bite
When there’s a problem with the bite, upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly. A problem bite often exists when teeth are missing, misaligned, or worn down. In this situation, the muscles must use extra force, and the jaw joints often shift position in order to bring the teeth together. And when you are not chewing, your jaw muscles may not fully relax, even though they may feel normal to you.Over time, this can cause the muscles and joints to become sore, tired, and stiff. A bad bite, together with tense, strained muscles, can lead to a variety of problems, such as headaches, muscle pain, damage to the teeth or jaw joint, clicking and popping, and other symptoms. It can also shorten the life of crowns, veneers, and other dental restorations through damage or excess wear.
Diagnosis and treatment
When we are planning your dental treatment, we’ll use specialized advanced equipment to identify the problems in the muscles, jaw joints, and bite. If we do find any problems, we may recommend treatments to stabilize your bite. With the techniques and technologies of neuromuscular dentistry, we can help you achieve a healthier bite, and more comfortable muscles and jaw joints.