Thursday, June 14, 2012

TMD/TMJ (Temporomandibular Disorders)

According to the American Dental Association, more than fifteen percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, or even headaches and neck aches.

Two joints and several jaw muscles make it possible to open and close the mouth. They work together when you chew, speak, and swallow. These structures include muscles and ligaments, as well as the jaw bone, the mandible (lower jaw) with two joints, the TMJ's.

Diagnosis And Treatment

A dentist can help identify the source of the pain with a thorough exam and appropriate X-rays. Often, it's a sinus, toothache or an early stage of periodontal disease. But for some pain, the cause is not so easily diagnosed. The pain could be related to the facial muscles, the jaw ortemporomandibular joint, located in the front of the ear. Treatments for this pain may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, or wearing a mouth protector to prevent teeth grinding. They've been successful for many and your dentist can recommend which is best for you.

Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Teeth Whitening: Get Your Smile Back

Let's face it: one of the first things you notice about people is their smile. When you meet someone with a bright, natural smile, it catches your attention. However, over time, the natural aging process and your lifestyle (smoking or drinking coffee, tea, or wine) can stain your teeth. To get your smile back to looking its best, you should choose a whitening method that:

  • Achieves the longest-lasting results
  • Gives you the most naturally brilliant and uniform look
  • Is clinically proven to be safe and effective
  • Is administered by dental professionals

A teeth whitening can make you look and feel younger, more attractive and more confident. Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.