Therapeutic dentistry is an emerging field in the United States, as is dental therapy. While the two fields sound similar, there are both differences and common ground. Dr. Matthew Gemp, a doctor of medical dentistry in Houston, treats complex oral health issues in a multifaceted, therapeutic way. If your mouth or jaw is sore, contact the office today to schedule treatment.
When you have a cavity but nothing else wrong, it’s a simple and straightforward treatment. Sometimes, though, problems with your teeth and gums aren’t simple. There are even cases of headaches and other pain that you may not immediately think of as a dental issue.
The word “therapeutic” refers to the treatment of diseases and disorders, and it’s no different when applied to dentistry, though typically it’s reserved to describe actions resulting from complex issues. For instance, if you have a cavity, but you’re also experiencing aching and bleeding gums, you may have gingivitis, and therefore your dental care includes both a filling and cleaning, along with continued attention, to return your mouth to a healthy state. That’s a simple example of therapeutic dentistry.
Some diseases and disorders are much more involved and difficult to resolve.
The typical services and treatments that you’re familiar with can be part of more comprehensive treatment. Periodontal therapy is a common procedure, treating gum disease that may exist on its own or in combination with other conditions.
Another common therapeutic practice is the treatment of jaw conditions, such as temporomandibular joint disorders or other complications of bruxism, the chronic grinding of the teeth. Nightguard oral appliances and reshaping of teeth are common procedures used to treat these conditions, often in combination. Treatments may relieve headaches, joint pain, and muscle pain associated with the disorders.
Some people may tend to think of dentistry and medicine as unrelated, since treatment comes through separate practitioners. Dr. Gemp spent four years in hospitals practicing medical dentistry, and he is a specialist in the medical aspects of oral health issues, something that few dentists offer, and a reason why Dr. Gemp is so in demand.
The health of your teeth and gums can reflect other conditions in your body, and poor oral health may increase your risk of developing other conditions. Diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and autoimmune disorders each have an impact on oral health. Dr. Gemp places particular importance on your medical history when considering your treatment. This dictates his choices for the procedures best matched to your overall health.