By: Dr. Elizabeth Eggert
The Records Process – What is it?
I’m lucky to have learned so much about how good dentistry can improve whole body health. Many times each week, I find myself talking to patients about medical health problems. While working with people over the years, and becoming more inclusive in my approach to looking at things, it’s amazing how often comprehensive dental treatments can improve so many ailments.
For example, do you:
- Suffer from frequent headaches?
- Snore or have sleep apnea?
- Experience unexplained shoulder, neck, or back pain?
- Have a stiff/sore jaw after chewing, yawning, or waking?
- Have difficulty sleeping?
- Have broken, worn, sensitive, cracked, or chipped teeth?
- Have crowns recommended for your front teeth?
- Have pronounced gum recession?
By progressively working through “The Records Process,” we can determine if your health issues are due to your mouth. Often, malaligned teeth and jaw joints can cause pain and premature wear to teeth. Teeth that are subject to excessive pressure can develop chips, cracks, and notches at the gum line. Premature wear may lead to poor root support, loose teeth, and possible tooth loss.
During the records process, we evaluate your muscles, jaw, teeth, and their relationship with one another. You’ll undergo a series of mouth photographs, which aid in visualizing potential problems. Lastly, impressions of your teeth help us to see how everything fits and moves together.
All these results are analyzed and during your consultation phase, all test findings are discussed, as we take a tour of your mouth. The educational process is very eye-opening and allows for discussion of all treatment options.
Curious if your problems are tooth-related? Call us today to schedule an evaluation. 651.482.8412