Biorejuvenation dentistry is an exciting area of dentistry that focuses on minimally invasive approaches to heal dental issues. In this area of dentistry, there is less emphasis on drilling and more attention on chewing system assessments. This means that your dentist will examine your bite and how you chew, paying attention to the jaw and bite problems. Therefore, there is minimal drilling or other painful practices.
With biorejuvenation dentistry, there is a focus on restoring the function of the teeth with alignments. An additional method involves relaxing the muscles and joints of the jaws to reduce stress and other issues.
Because your mouth works as a system, the function of the teeth and jaw are closely intertwined. For example, malocclusions (e.g., overbite, underbite, etc.) are linked to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and TMJ can be a factor in developing sleep apnea. Therefore, biorejuvenation dentistry seeks to correct all of these issues through minimally invasive techniques.
There are several treatments that fall under the umbrella of biorejuvenation dentistry.
Invisalign is a popular brand of clear aligner trays. This treatment is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Rather than visiting the dentist once a month to get your braces tightened, you simply use a new set of aligners about every two weeks. These trays slowly realign your teeth, fixing several types of malocclusions. Over time, your teeth will become straighter—without having to change your look or diet.
Dental crowns are porcelain caps that your dentist will place around your tooth. To receive a dental crown, your dentist reshapes your tooth to fit the appliance. They will look and feel like your natural teeth. A dental crown restores the function of your teeth due to erosion, breaks, or defects.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. With obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissues in your mouth and throat can block your airway. The tongue, tonsils, and soft palate obstruct the flow of oxygen while you sleep.
Your body needs oxygen to survive, so sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleep disorder. Without treatment, you may develop heart problems, immune system issues, and sudden death.
Rather than a CPAP machine, you can insert the oral appliance in your mouth while you sleep. It will realign your jaw and prevent your tongue or other tissues from blocking your airway.
Benefits of Biorejuvenation Dentistry
Biorejuvenation dentistry tries to avoid harsh, painful treatments. Instead, the goal is to restore the function of your mouth through minimally invasive techniques. Through this area of dentistry, you will regain the function of your teeth, which will have numerous benefits.
Additionally, these techniques will stabilize your jaw joints and relax the muscles in your face and jaw. This can help minimize headaches and facial pain.
Biorejuvenation addresses the misalignment of your teeth, which will improve the look and feel of your smile. While it does address cosmetic issues, biorejuvenation can fix issues like bruxism or chronic tooth pain.