Chad Describes His Background
Chad arrived at Dr. Ueckert’s office very unsatisfied with the look and feel of his teeth. Their poor appearance made him self conscious, and caused physical discomfort. He initially requested a consultation on the possibility of cosmetically restoring his teeth with veneers. As soon as Dr. Ueckert examined this patient, he was certain there were underlying orthopedic issues. Chad’s teeth demonstrated advanced incisal wear and tissue recession.
Through a series of questions, more details of the patient’s struggle were brought to light. Chad admitted he had suffered from teeth grinding at night for over 15 years. A previous dentist had created a Night Guard, which Chad completely chewed through in less than 6 months. He mentioned that he believed his teeth didn’t fit together correctly. He also revealed he suffered from pain, which he felt was completely unrelated to his dental health.
Chad was dealing with pain encompassing the head, neck and shoulders. Specifically, he experienced discomfort with massater muscles on the right side of his face, along with pain behind his temples, in and around the ears, and with the temporomandibular joint. Chad would suffer additional symptoms during day to day life, but the most concerning was the loss of ability to open his mouth.
Each morning, Chad would wake up with stifling pain though out his body without knowledge of the cause. He suspected old high school sports injuries, combined with the stress of nightly teeth clenching and grinding, were to blame. Dr. Ueckert recommended a neuromusuclar approach to resolving all of Chad’s health issues. Even though Chad was not completely convinced, he allowed Dr. Ueckert to proceed with the treatment methods that were suggested.
Chad Describes His Expectations