Movement Disorders in Dentistry
As I lecture, I realize that dentists continue to view their professional world from their time in dental school. What I view as important gets left behind as student clinical requirement pressures take over and those hurdles become the top concerns.
This leaves the dentist working from a point of view of fixing the tooth. However, that’s like an orthopedic surgeon setting the bone. Though that is the CPT code and how insurances and patients view the issue, it is not the main service.
Dentists mostly treat movement disorders. What you really provide is for the patient to eat better, talk better, smile better, swallow better, and breathe better. These movements and their dysfunction are functional disorders and often involve critical functions as just mentioned. Not counting general pathology cancer infections, dentists treat the patient to restore and/or improve function. It is much larger than the ‘set the bone’ or ‘fix the tooth’ thinking.
We are now entering an era of oral systemic linkage which takes us into an additional area of function in non-movement processes. We will now treat and resolve general physiological functional disorders and hopefully before they cause pathology.
Oral Systemic Solutions is working with healthcare providers to implement such protocols. So the next time you go to the dentist or you treat a patient, remember the goal is to restore function as we improve our lives.
Come join the conversation. With oral solutions for wellness, I’m Dr. Doug Chase.