Dr. Cocquyt and Dr. Risser have an approach to cosmetic dentistry that is more comprehensive than most. We take great care in designing a custom treatment plan for each patient. Our goal is to provide you with not only a beautiful result, but one that will be functional, comfortable, and long-lasting.
Our expertise in solving complex bite problems comes from our many hours of advanced continuing education at the Dawson Center for Dentists. While we aim to deliver you the most amazing smile, our goal is to give you a healthier and more balanced smile. We believe that form follows function, and that a properly balanced smile will naturally deliver an aesthetically pleasing result.
We employ the latest technology and techniques to give you a dental experience that is second to none. With our advanced treatment planning and focus on the temporary stage, you will be able to “see” the anticipated outcome of your cosmetic dental procedures. Drs. Cocquyt and Risser use the most current and best tooth-like materials for durable and natural-looking results.
Improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry can be as simple as teeth whitening or may require more intensive procedures like porcelain veneers or dental implants. Our team will listen carefully to your wants and needs, evaluate your unique situation, and design a custom plan that will create the smile of your dreams, along with a stable, comfortable, healthy, and long-lasting result.
Restoring Worn Teeth through Advanced Restorative Dentistry
A large percentage of our practice is directed toward Advanced Restorative Dentistry. This is dentistry catered to patients whose teeth are not in the correct position either cosmetically, functionally, or both. These problems can lead to worn teeth, broken teeth, sore jaw joints, sore facial muscles and a poor overall appearance.
The center of a successful outcome is to begin with an appropriate diagnosis. Where many patients have had dental procedures done over and over with failed results, restorative dentistry focuses on fixing the source of the problem rather than just the symptoms. After a thorough analysis, Dr. Cocquyt or Dr. Risser will sit down with you and discuss the ideal treatment to get the jaw joints, muscles, and teeth to work with each other, rather than against each other.
Treatment largely depends on the specific case. Our doctors work with specialists to ensure expert treatment including, orthodontists, endodontists, and oral surgeons, to help with placement of dental implants. We provide restorative dental procedures ranging from simple dental crowns to full-mouth reconstruction.
Working with a specialized dental laboratory allows us to customize your dental restorations. This specialized team approach to restorative dentistry will provide you with an experience second to none!
TMJ Therapy/ Bite Correction
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), commonly known as TMJ distorder, is a complicated group of conditions, often characterized by pain and limited mobility in the jaw and surrounding tissue. Few clinicians are trained to properly identify, diagnose, and treat TMD.
Dr. Cocquyt and Dr. Risser have all completed hundreds of continuing education hours at the Dawson Center, which has given them the latest information with regard to the diagnosis and treatment of bite problems and TMJ-related issues.
What is TMJ? — TMJ is short for Temporomandibular Joint, the joint that connects the upper and lower jaw and is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. TMJ disorder is a catch-all term for a wide variety of potential issues that affect the jaw joint, muscles in the face and neck, and surrounding nerves.
Common causes of TMJ disorder: There is no single cause for TMJ dysfunction. Any number of factors or combination of factors may be to blame, including;
- Trauma to the head, neck, or face
- Trauma to the TMJ joint or arthritis
- Hormonal changes or imbalances
- Malocclusion (when the jaws do not line up correctly, resulting in bite problems)
Common TMJ Symptoms — As with the causes, symptoms of TMJ disorder vary greatly between patients. TMJ symptoms often mask themselves or are similar to those of other medical conditions, making diagnosis extremely difficult. Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Shoulder, neck, facial pain
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
- Locked jaw or limited mobility in the jaw joint
- Teeth clenching, teeth grinding, often accompanied by tooth wear
- Chronic earaches
TMJ Treatment — Because no two patients are alike, there is no single course of treatment for TMJ disorder. Depending on your condition, Drs. Cocquyt and Risser may prescribe a combination of TMJ treatment for optimal results. Common TMJ treatments may include analgesic therapy, splint therapy, muscle relaxers, and bite adjustments or corrections.
What is Bite Correction? — Occlusal equilibration, better known as bite correction, is the process of adjusting the alignment of the teeth for optimal fit and comfort. The teeth should line up so they make even contact with one another, creating a low-stress bite. More than 95% of TMJ dysfunction and pain are caused by an improper occlusion or bite. Bite correction can help to alleviate the symptoms of TMD such as sore jaw, headaches, teeth clenching, and more.