Frequently Asked Questions

My gums have always bled when I brush and floss; is this normal?
No. Bleeding while brushing and flossing is a sign of infection or injury. There are several contributing factors to periodontal disease. Bleeding is an indicator of a problem.

Can I increase fullness in my lips without surgery or collagen injections?
Yes. Teeth support the lips. Restoring proper function and lip support with dentistry can, in most cases, make the lips more full.

Could something be done to my teeth to improve my face so I could avoid a facelift?
Absolutely. When the muscles, jaw joints, and teeth work together in harmony, stress in the face is eliminated. The facial muscle tone and the eyes relax, rejuvenating the face.

Is it normal for teeth to wear and get shorter?
No. This is a sign of a system that is out of balance. Enamel should last 120 years. When teeth wear and get shorter, more stress is put on the muscles, joints, and surrounding teeth. This can cause changes in the face and stress around the eyes.

What does it mean "the system is out of balance"?
What are the signs and symptoms of a system out of balance? The teeth cannot be separated from the skull and muscles. It is one system. The teeth must be in proper form and alignment for harmonious function with a stable joint. The results are beautiful, natural looking smiles, comfortable muscles, efficient chewing, and teeth that last a lifetime.

Signs and symptoms of a system out of balance are:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Chipped, broken, and worn teeth
  • Flat teeth
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Bony growths in mouth
  • Sensitivity to temperature
  • Notching at the gumline
  • Receding gums
  • Fractured porcelain on crowns
  • Cheek biting
  • Notching on side of tongue
  • Popping and clicking jaw joints
  • Difficulty in swallowing—choking

I suffer from frequent headaches; could this be a dental problem?
Yes, it could be. A complete examination to gather all the information needed to make a good diagnosis of your problem is the first step. Dr. Benson has spent years of study focusing on the relationships of dental problems and headaches and pain. Thru years of private practice and seeing his patients over several decades, He has the experience and training to search for the causes of the problems before he recommends a course of treatment. Let Dr. Benson know if this is an area you want help in solving. He is compassionate and understands the importance of listening to the whole story of someone in pain.

I am not happy with my smile. What can I do?
Because your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, how you feel about it is vital to Dr. Benson. He has the training and skill to offer many options that can not only improve the way teeth look, but also and most importantly, improve how they function and last. Having healthy teeth and a beautiful smile is something that can be achieved no matter how old you are. Dr. Benson would like to discuss the specific options for your particular concerns. Give him a call to set up a consultation to discuss your specific concerns and find out what it will take to have the smile you have always wanted.

I have been told I grind my teeth, what can I do?
A properly designed and balanced applicance with orthopedic principles can prevent nighttime grinding and clenching in 90% of the patients. Clenching or grinding is a sign of a bigger problem, and a proper diagnosis should be made to find the cause.