The Van Zyl Center for Advanced Dentistry offers full mouth reconstruction treatments to patients who want to improve the health and appearance of their smile. Dr. Van Zyl and his team can combine a series of treatments, such as dental implants, dental bonding, and porcelain crowns, to dramatically improve a patient's smile. When performing a full mouth makeover at his Collierville practice, Dr. Van Zyl takes great care to achieve a symbiotic balance between a patient's teeth, jaw, joints, and facial muscles.
When I do a full mouth reconstruction, it is not just about the teeth. What
we've found, and what I've learned over the years through all the continued
education courses that I've taken, is that there has to be a symbiotic
relationship between the muscles of the face, the teeth, and the joints.
Whatever we do on the front part of the head, we affect muscles on the back
part of the head. It's like a pole. Like a ball sitting on a pole. And
whatever happens in the front, something in the back has to balance out
what's happening in the front.
So what we've found is when we work with full mouth makeovers, so we have
to be very careful in managing muscle tension and not only in the front of
the face, but also the neck. Through many studies we've found out now that
jaw position affects your head posture, the way your head sits on your
spinal column. Typically those who have a retruded chin, where the chin
sits too far back, will tend to sit with their head forward. So when we
allow the chin to come forward, the head goes back. So there's a big
relationship between the neck muscles, the back muscles, and how the head
is postured on top of the spine.
So when I do a full mouth makeover, we make sure that we cover all our
bases. Because we don't only want the patient's teeth to look good, we want
them to feel good too. And one thing that I noticed before I started taking
all these extra courses in neuromuscular dentistry, was that we have
totally forgotten about muscles in dentistry. We totally ignore them. We
don't even think they're there. And so when I do these full mouth
makeovers, we make sure that we allow the body to tell us where the jaw
wants to sit. And we work back to that position.
Very often the process can take from as little as four months, to up to a
year, depending on the kind of symptoms that the patient comes in. Was
there any TMJ problems? Was there any headaches? Was there any back pain?
Neck pain? We solve all those pieces of the puzzle first before we put
permanent teeth in a patient's mouth.
So not only do we give them a pretty smile and beautiful teeth. We also
make them feel better, too.