How Much Do You Know About Bruxism?

How Much Do You Know About BruxismIf you think dentists only care about cavities, think again. We do care a lot about about cavities (or more importantly, cavity prevention!) but good oral health extends further. At your dental checkups and cleanings, we may also ask about headaches and sleep habits. We check for signs of oral cancer. We are interested in your overall health and what medicines you are taking. Some of our questions about headaches, stress and teeth grinding help screen for bruxism. Take a few minutes to test your knowledge about bruxism. (more…)

What Gets Checked in a Dental Checkup?

What Gets Checked in a Dental CheckupWhen you glance at your calendar and see “dentist visit” written down, perhaps you wonder if that time is really necessary. What’s the harm in skipping a dental checkup and cleaning, or coming less often? If you skip the cleaning, then hardened tartar will remain on your teeth. Your teeth won’t be smoothed and polished, and plaque will have more places to cling and hide. If you skip the dental checkup, you will miss some important services that go beyond maintaining the health of your teeth. (more…)

Are You Dealing With Dental Headaches?

Dealing With Dental HeadachesThough a headache may throb in your head, there are many instances where the underlying cause of the pain is elsewhere. Many headaches have their origin in muscle tension in the jaw, neck or shoulder areas that is translated into the pounding or tight, tense feeling we call a headache. Many dental headaches can be effectively treated, once the source of the problem is discovered. A consultation appointment is the first step in determining if your teeth, your bite or your jaw may be causing or contributing to a dental headache. (more…)

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

smileperfecteyebrowsCan you visualize the way your smile would look if you could make all the changes you desire? Perhaps you wish for improved uniformity, a brighter appearance, and what feels like about a thousand other changes. Fortunately, we offer multiple cosmetic treatments including veneers, so you can achieve the smile you deserve to display. Porcelain veneers provide patients with a long list of possible improvements, which often results in a smile makeover once completed. Ready to find out what you can achieve by choosing veneers? Look over the following for the surprisingly diverse set of benefits:

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Contouring Can Create a More Beautiful Smile

Contouring Can Create a Beautiful SmileWhen it comes to improving your smile, you may be familiar with popular cosmetic treatments like veneers and crowns. However, if your concerns are relatively minor, such as chips or cracks, contouring might actually be the best option for improving your smile. Contouring is a minimally invasive procedure that can accent the beauty of your own natural smile, by increasing the uniformity of your teeth. (more…)

Are TMJ And Bruxism Linked?

 

vlachakistmjbruxismIf you suffer from frequent headaches or issues with your jaw then you may experiencing a serious oral health issue. Both TMJ disorder and bruxism can lead to these symptoms, as well as complications that hurt your overall oral health. Are TMJ and bruxism linked? How does the doctor identify and treat these oral health concerns?

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Common Risk Factors for TMJ Disorder

risk factors for tmj disorderYour smile is more than just unique; it is also complex, and comprises more than the teeth and gums that you should keep clean every day. For instance, in order to bite and chew your food as they were meant to, your teeth must be powered by your jaws, which pivot on a pair of joints known as temporomandibular joints (TMJs). Besides strong and healthy teeth, the functions of your bite also rely on strong, healthy, and well-balanced TMJs. Unfortunately, due to a variety of risk factors, TMJ disorder can hinder your jaw’s movement, and your bite’s function, as well as lead to severe discomfort throughout your mouth, jaw, head, and more. (more…)

Frequent Questions About TMJ Disorder

diagnose tmj disorderYou might grind or clench your teeth every day. Whether it is when you’re asleep, or just being stressed or anxious, grinding your teeth applies an enormous amount of pressure to the joints in your jaws.  Over time, this can develop into trouble chewing, or cause the upper and lower teeth in your mouth to not fit together when closed. TMJ disorder can cause severe pain and discomfort in the mouth and neck area, and can lead to future complications until corrected.  (more…)

What Anxious Patients Should Know About Dental Sedation

dental sedation for anxious patientsSedation is an important part of many dental procedures, particularly extensive restorative treatment, or procedures that involve oral surgery, like dental implant placement. However, dental sedation can also help patients who require more minor dental work, but feel anxious about visiting the dentist for treatment. Today, we explore what anxious patients should know about the benefits of dental sedation, and how we can tailor its administration to your specific needs. (more…)

About Your TMJs and TMJ Disorder

TMJs and TMJ disorderSince childhood, you may have always been aware of how important clean teeth and gums are to your oral health; hence the need for brushing and flossing every day. However, your oral health includes more than just your teeth and gums, but also a variety of oral tissues, your jawbone, and the complex joints that control your mouth’s movement. Known as the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, your jaw’s joints are located on either side of your face, and work together when you open and close your mouth. When these joints become damaged, you may develop a condition known as TMJ disorder, which can lead to chronic headaches, jaw pain, and many more symptoms. (more…)