What Is Physiologic Dentistry?

The field of dentistry is always evolving and Dr. Barakat is committed to providing the highest standard of care and the latest techniques for addressing the oral health concerns of our patients. Our dental care team takes a comprehensive approach to dentistry with the goal of helping patients of all ages establish not only a healthy smile but a comfortable and stable bite. A practitioner of neuromuscular or physiologic dentistry in Kanata and Ottawa, Dr. Barakat has the skill and technology to evaluate the function and fit of the bite, a key element of your overall dental health and wellness.

Physiologic Dentistry: understanding the basics

A smile that is healthy, comfortable and beautiful is dependent upon a bite that is natural and functioning harmoniously with the jaw joints, teeth and gums. Routine dental care to keep your teeth clean and free of decay and to maintain gum health is supported in our office by ongoing evaluation of how the jaw joints are working and how the teeth are making contact when biting. When the bite is unbalanced it can have a wide-ranging and lasting impact on your dental health. Bite problems are often the underlying cause of many dental concerns including cosmetic concerns.

Physiologic dentistry is the study of the function of the entire occlusal system, based upon the knowledge that this can impact overall health and wellness. The body functions as an integrated system and when one part, such as the bite is compromised it affects other systems. Dr. Barakat evaluates the function of the bite in all patients during routine dental exams and works with patients who are experiencing the effects of a bite problem to create a treatment plan designed to provide long-term results.

How is the bite evaluated?
Dr. Barakat goes beyond a visual inspection of the teeth, gums, and jaw joints and incorporates the use of digital technology to evaluate jaw function. We use the K-7 Evaluation System, a three-part approach that provides data on muscle tension, the orthopedic structure of the jaw and face and chewing patterns. A painless, non-invasive process, the K-7 system offers a set of unique diagnostic tools that can be used to identify treatment needs. Dr. Barakat uses the information learned in this evaluation to provide recommendations for stabilizing the bite and supporting long term dental health. When the teeth are making proper contact and there is no muscle tension, you can enjoy a comfortable bite, normal chewing habits, and minimal risk of tooth unusual wear and damage.

Why choose physiologic dentistry?
The physiologic approach to the health of your smile is comprehensive in nature, taking into consideration the natural relationship between oral health and your overall physical wellness. A bite related problem, no matter the cause can lead to complex dental problems and a range of uncomfortable symptoms often associated with “TMJ“.

Ensuring that your jaw can both function and rest in a comfortable and natural manner will provide a healthy oral foundation that minimizes the risk for dental concerns and supports overall health.

What are the signs of muscle tension or a bite problem?
Patients who have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or bite-related problem can experience a range of symptoms. Commonly associated symptoms can include jaw pain, difficulty chewing, headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Dr. Barakat looks for the “silent” signs of a bite problem such as worn or flat teeth, cracked teeth, and even gum recession. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call us or schedule an appointment online.