Patients who come to us have a variety of problems.
Some of these problems we are able to remedy with dental treatment
even when other medical treatments are not. However, dental treatments
can trigger other kinds of problems so it is very important to verify
if the cause is related to the teeth, and if so, what the actual
cause is. This is why we spend 2 hours on the initial consultations
and check-ups. During treatment, we sometimes need to use beds for
the patients and also the layout of dental chairs is different from
||Layout of Dental Chairs
Most dentists sit behind their patients, but
from behind it is difficult to check if there is any distortion
of a patients face and their posture. In the photo you can see
that there is adequate space in front of the dental chair to
observe a patient’s whole body.
||Why do we have beds?
Observing a patient’s whole body is important
for occlusion treatment. Since the mouth, lower jaw and lower
back are connected with the spine, if the lower jaw is not in
the right position, it could distort the spine and the pelvis.
Also, as the upper and lower jaws are effectively hanging from
the skeleton, the position of the lower jaw changes with posture.
This is why we check occlusion when a patient is in the standing,
sitting and lying positions.
When occlusion is the cause of problems, successful
treatment depends on how much adjustment is required. Only several
microns of adjustment may improve the symptoms. Additionally, in occlusion
treatment it is not only an issue of how the upper and lower jaws
sit, it is also a matter of where the teeth touch the inside of the
cheeks and the tongue.
As stated, patients come to us for many different
reasons: stiff shoulders, lower back pain, temperomandibular
arthrosis, rheumatism, sequelae of cerebral infarction, being
bed ridden, dementia, knee pain, hernia, dizziness, infertility,
general malaise, autonomic ataxia, etc. Even if the symptoms
are the same from patient to patient, the causes can be very
different. To find the actual cause we use a specialized piece
of equipment called an o-ring. By using it we can specify if
the cause is actually related to occlusion or dental fillings.
Sometimes we use “splints” to adjust occlusion but this is very rare
(about 1 in 200 cases). They are used for supplementing teeth that
are not high enough, but the maximum length of usage should be no
longer than 3 months.
||If the cause of the problems is
from dental fillings, the issue is what kind of metal to use
after removing the problematic ones. We choose the most appropriate
material from 20 kinds of metal and 10 kinds of ceramic. We
also have more than 10 kinds of cement for sensitive patients.
||The above explanation of the treatment
process is, of course, very brief. How quickly improvements
show varies from patient to patient, although in patients with
poor blood circulation, improvements are relatively slow. Also,
in today’s modern society, unnatural environmental factors have
lessened the ability of homeostasis (a natural function of the
human body to adjust to natural circumstances).