People who have lost teeth—whether due to accidents, poor oral hygiene, or genetics—sometimes have difficulties speaking or chewing. Often, this condition even leads to self-consciousness about laughing or smiling. While dentures are the most common solution for this issue, surgically inserted implants are often a more permanent and comfortable method of treatment. If your gums and jaw are healthy and strong, implants may be a good alternative to removable partials or a semi-permanent bridge.
While many cases of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders are treated with bite plates or jaw exercises, some extreme cases can only be relieved by surgery. As techniques advance, however, surgery is becoming a much more common treatment option, even for milder cases. Your dentist or surgeon should be able to help you determine which type of surgery (if any) would be most beneficial for your specific case, whether it be a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure or a complete jaw replacement.
The statistics for car accidents in the United States indicate that your odds of being in a serious traffic accident at some point during your driving career are very high. Dental trauma is fairly common for those in car accident injuries, as drivers and passengers often come into contact with steering wheels, airbags and even the dashboard. For those who have sustained serious dental trauma from a car accident, there is hope for restoration. Even with severe dental trauma, there are some methods that can help restore your teeth to pre-accident condition.
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Body modification is nothing new for many young adults, however, dental modification is quickly gaining followers as a unique and fun method of self-expression. Dental gems are now being added to a tooth or multiple teeth in someone’s mouth to create a bit of sparkle when they smile. This is not a permanent procedure and may be an option for you to take into consideration if you want to add a little more twinkle to your smile. Below is a guide with everything you need to know about dental gems.
What Type of Dental Gems Are [...]
While most people experience some teeth grinding from time to time, when it occurs on a regular basis there are a lot of negative consequences. Not only can grinding your teeth damage the enamel on your pearly whites, it can ultimately lead to other health issues for your bones, gums, and jaw.
Most often, teeth grinding is caused by anxiety. However, it can also result from sinus problems, crooked teeth or misaligned bite, or even sleep disorders. With that in mind, consider these tips as you try to quit the habit:
1. Lower Your Stress
Because anxiety is [...]
Are you sick of your yellow or crooked teeth? Have you finally made the decision to get veneers? If you’re feeling anxious about your appointment with the dentist, here’s what you can expect to happen.
First, the dentist will need to make sure that you’re actually a good candidate for veneers. If you have untreated tooth decay or gum disease, you can’t get veneers until those problems are fixed. You also can’t get veneers if your enamel is worn down, which can be caused by excessive tooth brushing. If you clench or grind your teeth, you [...]
Having impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can be an incredibly painful experience. In order to prevent or alleviate this pain, surgical removal of the wisdom teeth is a fairly routine practice. Depending on the severity of your situation—whether your wisdom teeth are fully developed, if they’re set straight in or your jaw, or whether they have emerged from your gums or not—the involvement of the removal surgery and resultant recovery time will vary. View the wisdom tooth tab for more information on this.
Follow-up care after a major oral surgery is one of the most crucial aspects of the process. Immediately after surgery, the body’s natural defenses may be lowered, making you more susceptible to oral infections. In order to prevent any post-surgery issues, it is very important to follow your dentist’s or maxillofacial surgeon’s advice for care. Often this will involve gently rinsing with a saline solution, refraining from hard, sticky, or chewy foods, and regularly taking analgesics for pain management.