Understanding Functional Issues

womanthinkingtankIn most cases, we find that patients have a lot of knowledge regarding hygiene-related problems. This includes anything that occurs due to insufficient brushing, flossing, and preventive care (like cavity development, gum disease, or infection). What you may not know much about, however, is what to make of functional issues. Do you know what this term means? Allow us to explain, so you have a more comprehensive grasp on how we protect your smile.

Functional Issues

Functional problems refer to the ability of your oral structures to properly function. For the most part, this refers to whether your teeth and jaws can work appropriately up to their full potential. For instance, if your teeth become worn down, they cannot break down your food – this is a functional issue. If your jaws hurt and you cannot open and close your mouth comfortably, this is a functional concern. Fortunately, preventive care promotes good hygiene and function for overall oral wellbeing.

Types of Issues

We generally focus on protecting patients from TMJ disorder and bruxism, both functional issues. TMJ disorder (TMD) is an oral health problem stemming from damaged or strained jaw joints. Bruxism is a disorder that we characterize by the presence of chronic teeth clenching and teeth grinding. Because these issues may severely impact your ability to function comfortably and effectively on a daily and long-term basis, we suggest you visit us for preventive appointments regularly. We can identify signs of a functional problem and offer immediate treatment for relief and protection.

ABOUT YOUR LIVONIA, MI, DENTIST:

James Stewart, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.