If you’ve been diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as TMJ, you might at least be relieved to have an explanation for your painful symptoms. You may have experienced pain in the jaw joint or in the muscles around it; headaches; earaches; facial pain; difficulty chewing and more. Now something can be done about it.
In our clinic, we take great care with your diagnosis, and just as much care in selecting a course of treatment. Your doctor may prescribe drug therapies, physical therapy or even surgery. Every case of TMJ is different.
What You Can Do: Take It Easy
Whatever therapies or procedures are in store, there are things you can do at home to get the most out of your TMJ treatments.… Continue Reading
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Did you know that one in four adults lose all of their permanent teeth by age 74? Tooth loss from accidents, gum disease or decay are commonplace and while dentures and bridgework were go-to options for years, dental implants are a more approachable and popular alternative today. Dental implants offer a natural and attractive look, but the benefits are far more than cosmetic.
What is a dental implant?
The initial answer to that question requires an explanation of traditional oral goings-on. When a tooth is lost, the alveolar bone in the jaw that supports the tooth starts to disintegrate. This can affect facial structure such as the jaw and its related joints, and sometimes surrounding muscles.… Continue Reading
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
To a young child, a missing tooth is no big deal. In fact, it is a chapter of growing up and traditionally means something special from the Tooth Fairy under your pillow. And let’s face it; the unfettered smiles of youth look adorable with a lost tooth.
Unfortunately, many of the great things about being a kid lose their luster in grown-up life and a missing tooth is not enjoyable at all. It makes it difficult to speak and effectively communicate, properly bite down, and even eat. Indeed, effective oral care is a critical step in contributing to and maintaining overall health throughout the body.… Continue Reading
Do you grind your teeth while you sleep at night? Clench your jaw or gnash your teeth when nervous? You might be one of the millions of people suffering from bruxism and you might not even know it. Bruxism is a medical term for excessive involuntary (or habitual) grinding or clenching of the jaw. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of the problem until they experience the effects such as facial pain or soreness, tooth damage, and severe or consistent headaches.
What causes bruxism?
Where does bruxism come from? Is it a medical condition or simply a bad habit? Can it be “cured” and can related damaged teeth be repaired?… Continue Reading
Millions of United States citizens are missing a fair amount of their natural teeth. If a single tooth is missing here and there, the patient can likely get away with replacing a single tooth. However, what happens when several teeth are missing? Needless to say, things can get expensive rather quickly.
This is precisely why dentures are so popular. These prosthetics are a terrific and affordable option for replacing missing teeth and giving patients a beautiful smile for years to come. However, some people find that dentures are not as secure as they need to be. Whether they slip and slide or simply fall out at inopportune moments, nobody wants to deal with dysfunctional dentures.… Continue Reading
If you’ve experienced receding or swelling gums, bleeding when brushing your teeth or you lost multiple teeth; you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. Missing teeth are more than simply annoying and uncomfortable. Our teeth provide nutrients and strength to our jaw bones and without those nutrients, bone around the vacant area gradually shrinks in size and becomes weaker.
Concerned and responsible, you did the smart thing and consulted with your dentist, who then met with fellow oral surgeon experts. Everyone shared their thoughts, weighed pros and cons, and you ultimately decided to move forward with a dental implant procedure.… Continue Reading
Dental implants are a boon to many patients. A patient who may be missing a tooth or two, but for the most part has a healthy underlying oral structure is a perfect candidate for dental implant surgery.
Once the new set of implants is in and you have recovered sufficiently, you’ll realize how wonderful it is to enjoy all your old favorite food with your new dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants mimic your natural teeth. They are placed in your jaw bone like a screw, and bond with the bone. They serve as a foundation for crowns – the tooth-part of an artificial tooth.… Continue Reading
Dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement in recent decades. Although not every patient is a good candidate for dental implants, many find this option preferable to removable dentures or even permanent bridgework.
Dental implants include a titanium post that bonds with the bone in your jaw, topped by a full crown designed to blend seamlessly with remaining teeth and function just as your natural teeth do. They complete your smile so you can eat, drink, brush, floss, and laugh with confidence, and because they extend into your jaw, they can help to prevent bone loss and movement of adjacent teeth.… Continue Reading
Thursday, 21 February 2019
or dry mouth, is a condition that occurs when your salivary glands
don’t produce enough fluid to keep your mouth properly hydrated,
leading to reduced flushing of oral surfaces and possibly increased
bacterial growth. In addition to a feeling of stickiness,
dryness, or “cotton mouth”, this can result in bad breath, sore
throat, and difficulty chewing, swallowing, and speaking.
like mouth sores, cracked lips, and even infections like thrush can
occur when you suffer from dry mouth. This condition can also
affect your sense of taste, and for denture wearers, it may cause
Even worse, a lack of saliva that normally helps to flush away leftover food particles and bacteria in the mouth can result in increased risk of developing serious oral health concerns like gum disease and tooth decay, due to increased plaque and tartar buildup. … Continue Reading
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
is inevitable. While it is a great blessing to be able
to age, aging
certainly comes with its fair share of changes. As is the case with
other parts of the body, your teeth will also change as you get
older. As those birthday cake candles begin to multiply, it is
important to maintain a proper oral health routine to ensure that
your smile remains intact.
about the things that you use daily. Your car, for example, requires
routine maintenance as driving it daily causes wear and tear on its
various parts. Now, think about your teeth.… Continue Reading