Treating TMJ Disorders

man needs treatment for tmj disorderSome sufferers of TMJ disorders (or TMD) are completely unaware of their condition because they have become accustomed to being in pain. It had long been thought that jaw pain is a direct result of stress and clenching your teeth, or bruxism. In some aspects this is correct, but there are now many known factors that can lead to jaw joint problems. Treatments for TMJ disorders are highly dependent on the cause and severity of your pain.  (more…)

Quiz: Jaw Pain and TMJ Disorder

quiz jaw pain tmdMany people experience random jaw pain at some point, and pay little attention to it. Usually it is not cause for concern. However, chronic, agonizing jaw pain can be indicative of a common joint disorder known as TMD, or Temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD affects your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that control all of your jaw movement, and the treatments are just as varied as its symptoms. (more…)

Dental Bridges: Bridging the Gap to Happiness

dental bridge illustrationDental bridges are literally used to bridge the gap between missing teeth. The use of dental bridges is not new; in fact, the practice dates back for centuries. Some civilizations were found to have used dental bridges as a symbol of status, and would adorn them in gold and jewels. Today, modern medicine has improved upon an ancient idea to create a natural-looking option for replacing missing teeth.   (more…)

All About Dental Crowns

tooth with gold crownIn restorative dentistry, dental crown placement is one of the most common treatments performed. Dental crowns, also known as “caps”, are an excellent choice in helping to rejuvenate your smile. They are impressively long-lasting, natural looking, and simple to care for. Most crowns are custom made in a lab, to match your other healthy teeth and remain esthetically pleasing. There are even several options to choose from of which your dentist will help you decide among to find the best fit for your needs. (more…)

The Purpose of Root Canal Therapy

image of root canalRoot canal therapy may be one of the scariest treatments dentists can provide, but they’re also something that usually can’t be avoided without causing serious harm to your teeth. The treatment is generally part of an effort to save what’s left of your tooth before it has to be extracted, which most dentists try to avoid because of the oral health problems that can be caused by missing teeth. Root canal therapy can cleanse your tooth of infection and add extra protection to maintain your tooth for years to come. (more…)

Pediatric Dentistry: To Brush or Not to Brush?

kids cleaning teethIf you have children you’ve probably found yourself wondering at some point when you are supposed to start brushing their tiny teeth. Many people do not realize that pediatric dentistry is just as important as dental care for adults. It is a common misconception that young children’s’ teeth do not need as much maintenance because they’re temporary. On the contrary, we believe that the best time to start caring for your child’s oral hygiene is before the first primary (baby) tooth even erupts. (more…)

How to Relieve a Toothache (Until You Can Treat It)

young woman needs to relieve a toothacheDo you have to take special care the way you bite and chew your food to avoid aggravating an aching tooth (or teeth)? Do you wince each time you sip your coffee, or your cup of ice cold water? Most of us deal with sensitive and/or aching teeth at some point in our lives. Sometimes, it’s nothing serious, and might subside on its own. However, more often than not, the aching will return, and worse, if its cause isn’t addressed. Therefore, to relieve a toothache, you’ll have to temporarily stop the immediate pain, and then seek professional treatment to resolve the underlying cause. (more…)

Learn to Prevent the Causes of Tooth Loss

preserving your smile with good hygieneWhen it comes to preventing and treating dental health issues, your best bet lies in understanding their causes, and addressing them at their roots. In most cases, tooth loss is the result of a dental infection, like gum disease or extreme tooth decay. Therefore, preserving your smile could simply mean protecting it from such issues. To better your chances of keeping your healthy, natural smile for life, we explore the common causes of tooth loss, and how to prevent them with good hygiene and regular dental care. (more…)

Do You Exhibit Symptoms of Gum Disease?

checking for symptoms of gum diseaseFor the most part, caring for your smile is a routine deal; you brush and floss your teeth at least a couple of times a day, and you visit the dentist as often as you’re recommended to. Sometimes, however, taking good care of your smile means acting quickly when you notice signs that something is wrong. When you notice the symptoms of gum disease, quick action could mean the difference between eliminating the disease, or controlling it because it’s progressed too far to reverse it. (more…)

Your Smile vs. Cavities—How to Prevent Tooth Decay

how to prevent tooth decayOut of the many threats that your dental health faces every day, cavities are the most common. Because your teeth can’t self-repair the holes, they may also be the most worrisome. Fortunately, although it affects the majority of adults in at least one of their teeth, the tooth decay that causes cavities is highly preventable with the right level of care and consistently-good hygiene. To explain how to prevent tooth decay and save your healthy smile, we explore the common causes of cavities and how to fight them. (more…)