Very often, patients present to our office complaining of TMJ while pointing to their joint area. TMJ is actually just an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, which everyone has. This joint is what connects your upper and lower jaws. And the muscles around the joint enable you to open and close your mouth.
The term Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD is what you may have if you experience problems with your TMJ such as pain when opening or chewing, earaches, stiff and sore joint muscles or “lockjaw”. TMD can be the result of grinding or clenching of the teeth, facial trauma, arthritis, and misalignment of the teeth and of the upper and lower jaws. (more…)
In our office we ask patients what is the one thing they would change about their smile if they could. While many of our patients express that they would like to have whiter teeth or straighter teeth, there are also a fair number of patients who mention wanting to address their “gummy” smile. When they smile, they feel they show more gum tissue and less tooth than is considered ideal. The gum tissue above their upper teeth is very noticeable. For some, this causes a lack of confidence and can inhibit them from smiling. (more…)
This is an age old question that is often posed to us by our patients. Many patients understand that the wisdom teeth often erupt into the mouth in a less than ideal position. Sometimes this can cause them to tilt towards the teeth in front of them. If often seems that the time period during which they erupt (late teens to early and mid twenties), coincides with crowding of the lower front teeth. While both of these things might occur around the same rough time frame, one does not necessarily cause the other.
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE INCORPORATED A LASER INTO OUR PRACTICE.
Our mission at Waterstone Family Dentistry is to remain innovative and to embrace new technology that can enhance the patient experience at our office. The use of a dental laser allows us to make certain procedures faster, smoother, and more efficient. And who wouldn’t want that?
While many people are becoming more accustomed to having a laser used on them during medical procedures such as those performed by an opthamologist or dermatologist or even their family practitioner, they may not be aware that there are more and more procedures that their dentist can now do with a laser as well. (more…)
What is OraVerse?
You have probably been to the dentist and had treatment done and wished that you didn’t have to spend the next few hours feeling numb. It can be hard to smile, speak, and drink while you are still numb, and it is sometimes an inconvenience if you are headed to work or school or elsewhere. And it can be uncomfortable to feel that your face and lips are swollen. Well, there is now a way to speed up the reversal of the numbness. Oraverse is an FDA approved local anesthetic reversal agent that brings back normal sensation in about half the time it would take for the anesthetic to wear off naturally.
In our office, one of the most frequent concerns from parents is about the yellow color of their children’s teeth. They want to know why their kid’s teeth appear yellow. We expect young people to have nice white, bright teeth.
It is helpful to assess the child’s home care regimen. If your child does not have good oral hygiene and does not brush adequately, plaque can build up on the teeth, causing them to look darker. For some kids, a spin brush can help keep their teeth cleaner, as the spin brush oscillates and can be more effective in removing plaque. (more…)
Most people are aware that carbonated drinks, like soda, are not the healthiest choice of beverage when it comes to the teeth. They contain acid which can wear away tooth enamel and cause decay. And the large amounts of sugar that are added to soda also contribute to decay. It is best to consume soda in moderation and to use a straw when doing so, which minimizes contact with the teeth.
You might find yourself wanting to quickly whiten your teeth during the holiday season, whether it is for a family gathering, holiday office party or other special event. Nowadays, there are several means to whiten the teeth that are effective, simple, and fast. Below are a list of whitening options: (more…)
Why Visit the Dentist While Pregnant?
It is important to not neglect your oral health when you are expecting. While some women may delay going to the dentist until after the birth of their baby, it is important to maintain a clean oral cavity during pregnancy. There are several reasons for this. It is known that hormone levels increase during pregnancy and can contribute to bleeding, swelling and inflammation of the gums which is commonly referred to as pregnancy gingivitis. Gum disease in pregnant women has been linked to premature delivery, preclampsia and low birth weight infants. Some women may experience an increase in tooth decay if they develop cravings that cause them to consume more carbohydrates or sweet foods and drinks. And women with morning sickness will expose their teeth to more acids that can cause tooth decay. For all of these reasons, it is best to continue your dental visits while pregnant. It is also important to maintain good hygiene habits during your pregnancy and to brush and floss regularly.
Do you have any family or friends who have had genetic testing? While a decade ago, having genetic testing done may have been less common, today it is something that more people are turning to for a variety of reasons. If you have signs of a disease caused by gene changes, have testing done may help your physician confirm the diagnosis and help determine the best treatment. Some choose to have testing when pregnant to detect if their unborn child may have certain diseases. Some doctors may test your genes to see how your body reacts to and processes drugs so they can choose the best medications for you.