I just wanted to share with you a story, a success story, and it always entails succeeding in a treatment with a patient. It was this lady. She came to us. She had been to a string of other dentists because she had this problem with her teeth cracking all the time. She grinds and she gets headaches. Other dentists would fill the teeth. The teeth would crack again later. Then they would crown the cracked teeth. They would break again further down the line. Then there’d be nerve damage so she had to fix the nerve and on and on and on it went – she even lost a tooth or two in the process.
She was looking for something different.
At CNY Dental Arts, we do offer something different and I’m continually on the hunt for even better treatment modalities for our patients. She did have the headaches and she did have a lot of grinding issues and there were a whole host of other issues going on as well, but one of the biggest concerns that she had as an end result of all the stuff she was going through was the whole cracked-teeth issue. And she wanted to see if she could break that cycle.
One of the things we offered her was the botulinum toxin, aka Botox injections every so often, every few months in order to manage and paralyze the muscles that are involved in clenching and grinding and all that. Now again, it’s not a permanent fix. It does require maintenance. It is a step above the drilling and filling solution and it deals with a more birds-eye view of the situation …
Long story short, she was so grateful. Her headaches stopped. Her grinding and clenching stopped. Her actual face slimmed down so she had an aesthetic result in terms of her jaw muscles weren’t as protruding, sticking out. Her face softened and she now comes in for regular therapy, just maintenance therapy.
She’s interested in fixing all her teeth now cosmetically and I told her to hang on for a few more months because I am actually researching a new system for restoring THE ideal relationship of the TMJ in its socket. It is a model for what the healthy and ideal way your joint should be positioned and it is one of the biggest nerdy dental reasons behind why grinding, clenching and all that happens. There will be a better solution for her and all my patients who suffer from cracked and worn down teeth.
But for now, she is thrilled with her Botulinum toxin therapy results There’s a lot of benefit to doing that. It is affordable and it’s something to help stop getting those cracks in your teeth and moving forward and getting – really – the smile that you desire because you’re managing one important cause of that whole scenario. It is a great way to protect your smile. If you have dental work, it is a great way to protect the investment you have made in dental work you may have received.
Stay tuned for other fun blog posts, posts about wins that we have with our patients and that we’re going to share with you so that maybe it’ll get you to thinking that you want to look at dentistry a little bit differently and join us in our culture and the way we do things around here. So thanks for reading and y’all have a great weekend filled with wonder and abundance!.