After Dr. Pollack, Odrich or Sarmiento has completed the active phase of periodontal treatment, he will provide you with a personalized maintenance program of care to keep your gums healthy.Supportive periodontal therapy is an ongoing program designed to prevent recurrent disease in the gum tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Adherence to a program of conscientious oral home care and regularly scheduled maintenance therapy visits with your dentist and Drs. Pollack, Odrich or Sarmiento will give you the best chance of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and looking and functioning their best.
A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage. It is destructive when teeth show wear, looseness or when TMJ (jaw joint) damage is seen. Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction. Multiple missing or damaged teeth interfere with your ability to chew properly and can lead to significant other problems such as jaw joint pain, over-stress to remaining teeth and even digestive problems. The therapy may include:
Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity that commonly occurs in most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours, but may also occur during the day, particularly when stressed. Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. The most common symptoms are earaches, headaches, muscle pain and tooth discomfort, but can lead to difficulty in eating or opening and closing your mouth.