The Concept of “Complete Dentistry” is based on the principles taught by Dr. Peter Dawson, which entail the complete understanding of the masticatory system. The joints (TMJ), muscles (Mastication), and teeth (Occlusion) all work together in harmony. Many of our patients often experience discord within their masticatory system. When this occurs, we usually expect to see signs of instability. The complete examination is the key to gathering or co-diagnosing conditions pertaining to the masticatory system. As part of the co-diagnosis, a screening history can be very beneficial in formulating the right diagnosis.
There are two opportunities to complete a screening history. The first is prior to the complete examination during the new patient interview. The second opportunity is during the actual complete examination. The right questions will open the dialogue for clues that will help assess the present condition(s), and whether a problem may be related to the TMJ and/or Muscles.