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Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Front Desk
A dental bridge is a device that fills in a gap from a missing tooth and replaces the tooth with a false tooth. The process of implementing a bridge is similar to that of implementing a crown where the teeth are shaved down to fit the device. Unlike crowns, it may be necessary to receive dental implants to fully support the bridge device. TMD is a disorder of the muscle structure on both or a single side of the jaw where the lower jaw connects to the skull. When the TMD joint becomes injured or stressed, it can cause severe problems for the people is affects in the way of pain, swelling, and if it progresses enough, lowered function of the jaw. The most common causes for TMD are grinding or clenching teeth while asleep or awake and damaged teeth. If it is the prior cause contributing to your TMD, it is possible to wear a mouth guard at night to avoid against unwanted grinding. However, the solution for TMD caused by missing teeth is more complicated. Missing Teeth and TMDUnder certain circumstances, TMD can be solved by implementing a bridge if you are missing teeth. Often, the cause of TMD when a person is missing a tooth is an uneven bite. When a tooth is missing between two healthy teeth, those teeth begin to shift closer towards each other causing the jaw to not sit properly with other teeth when eating and biting. Over time, the misalignment of teeth will cause stress to your jaw and you could develop TMD. One way to solve this problem is to get a bridge before the teeth begin to shift. By installing a bridge, we can even your bite and prevent TMD from occurring due to shifts from your teeth. However, bridges may not be a viable option under certain circumstances, and we will need to assess the area before implementing a bridge. If you have more questions about whether or not a dental bridge could help or prevent TMD, please give us a call or come in for a visit....
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Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Front Desk
Dental bonding is typically used when a tooth has sustained a small amount of damage. Generally, a resin is placed in the affected area, shaped to the tooth, and hardened using an ultraviolet light. Dental bonding is a great an effective way to restore a tooth and give damaged teeth a natural look. Dental bonding cannot be used in every circumstance, and often times it is not possible to repair teeth that have been damaged by poor dental hygiene or serious physical damage. However, in cases where dental bonding is usable it can improve the look of teeth and help prevent against further damage. Uses for Dental BondingThe most common and well-known use for dental bonding is filling cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria have eaten some of the tooth and left a hole. The damage from cavities can range from minor to severe, depending on the time it has been left unchecked. By filling a cavity with dental bonding, pain from the cavity can subside and the tooth will be once again protected from decay. Another benefit of using dental bonding for a cavity is increasing dental hygiene. Sometimes a cavity makes it hard to get the bacteria inside of the hole because a normal toothbrush is not effective at reaching into tight spaces. By getting the cavity filled, you will be able to clean your teeth more effectively. Another common use for dental bonding is repairing chipped or cracked teeth. Occasionally, it is possible to perform a complete repair of a tooth by the use of dental bonding alone. Some factors play into whether this will be possible to do or not. Some of those factors include the size and depth of the chip or crack as well as the how the tooth is damaged. In some cases, dental bonding can be effective for changing the shape of the teeth. This can be done cosmetically, but it is more common to use this method to improve a person's bite. Uneven bites can cause many jaw problems. Give us a call and we will be happy to answer any more questions about dental bonding....
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Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
Posted on 10/20/2019 by Front Desk
After you get new dentures, it is common to want to jump right into the kind of lifestyle you used to have. If you have had to give up certain foods, for example, you might decide to splurge and go to a restaurant serving that type of food. While this is certainly understandable, keep in mind that there are a few common mistakes that new denture wearers make. Knowing about these mistakes and avoiding them can help you to get the most out of your new dentures. Rushing into ThingsBefore you go out for a big steak, keep in mind that your gum tissue is going to need some time to adjust to the dentures. The pulling, pushing, and rubbing of the dentures against the gum tissue can cause soreness and tenderness, especially if you are not used to wearing dentures. Along these same lines, it is not a good idea to start wearing your dentures for 16 hours a day right off the bat. Rather, slowly ease into your denture wearing. Perhaps you should consider limiting your time with the dentures at first, and slowly increase the length of time you wear them. This will give your gum tissue time to adjust to having the dentures pressed up against it. Subpar Cleaning EffortsJust because your dentures cannot develop cavities does not mean they do not need to be cleaned. On the contrary, you need to be sure to carefully clean your dentures just like you did your natural teeth. Be sure to remove the dentures, brush them carefully, and put them in a good disinfecting soak. Before you put them back in your mouth you will want to rinse them with clean water. Adjusting to your new dentures will take time. By avoiding these “rookie mistakes” you can help make the process go more smoothly....
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All Posts:

Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
11/20/2019
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
11/10/2019
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
10/20/2019
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
10/10/2019
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
9/20/2019
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
9/10/2019
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
8/20/2019
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
8/10/2019
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
7/20/2019
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
7/10/2019
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
6/20/2019
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
6/10/2019
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
5/20/2019
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
5/10/2019
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
4/20/2019
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
4/10/2019
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
3/20/2019
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/10/2019
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
2/20/2019
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
2/10/2019
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
1/20/2019
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
1/10/2019
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
12/25/2018
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
12/15/2018
What is Denture Relining?
11/25/2018
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
11/15/2018
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
10/25/2018
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
10/15/2018
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
9/25/2018
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
9/15/2018
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
8/23/2018
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
8/13/2018
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
7/20/2018
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
7/10/2018
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
6/25/2018
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
6/15/2018
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
5/25/2018
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
5/15/2018
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
4/20/2018
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
4/10/2018
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
3/23/2018
Do You Need an Overdenture?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
2/23/2018
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
2/13/2018
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
1/23/2018
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
1/13/2018
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
12/23/2017
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
12/13/2017
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
11/23/2017
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
11/13/2017
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
10/23/2017
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
10/13/2017
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
9/27/2017
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
9/17/2017
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
8/25/2017
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
8/15/2017
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
7/30/2017
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
7/23/2017
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
6/25/2017
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
6/15/2017
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
5/27/2017
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
5/17/2017
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
4/27/2017
Signs of a Denture Allergy
4/17/2017
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
3/27/2017
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
3/17/2017
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
2/27/2017
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
2/17/2017
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
1/27/2017
How to Care for Dental Bonding
1/17/2017
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
12/30/2016
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
12/20/2016
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
11/30/2016
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
11/20/2016
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
10/30/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016




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