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Types of Oral Appliances That Protect Teeth from Grinding
Posted on 1/25/2020 by Ankur Johri
Almost all of us have times when we grind our teeth either on purpose or accidently. Even some jaw clenching is common, but if you are constantly clenching and grinding your teeth throughout the night. It can start to cause major damage to your teeth. If you have been told you need a dental device to protect your teeth while you sleep, there are a few options. Dental Sleeping SplintsThe difference between a Splint and a mouth guard is a guard protect you. Splints holds your teeth from coming together and creating damage or dangerous movements. Dental Splints are used during a handful of procedures in our dental office. They are also a popular device that is recommended to help manage stress. If you have situations that are stressing you out, it can show itself when you are sleeping in the form of clenching and grinding your teeth. To help aid you in changing this habit, or even prevent you from clenching during a procedure. The splint is applied to keep the teeth in place and reduce the pressure on the jaw and the teeth. Most people with bruxism are recommended to sleep with a sleeping mouth guard. Bruxism Mouth GuardJust like a splint, your mouth guard is best designed by a professional. You can't buy a splint over the counter, but you can buy mouth guards. There are three types of mouth guards. Two over the counter. The cheapest yet, usually most uncomfortable are the simple rubber you slide in and keep your upper and lower teeth from coming in contact. The popular style for its price and somewhat more comfortable. Is the “bite and mold” type. A soft plastic or acrylic is heated in boiling water and as it starts to cool it harden. You simply bite to create the impression of your teeth. By visiting our practice, we can help design a custom mouth guard that is made with thinner material than the over the counter ones. This makes them much more comfortable to wear as well as last much longer. Some materials, even come with as long as a 5 year warranty. If you want a durable mouth guard that will provide the most comfort when wearing. Allow us to take a mold of your teeth to have one designed. Some insurance plans even cover them or a portion. Contact us today to learn more....

Top 4 Symptoms of TMD
Posted on 1/15/2020 by Ankur Johri
The jawbone works like the dual hinges you may find in your kitchen cabinet or your front door that has three sets. Your jaw has two, one on each side near your ears. The jawbone rests against what is called your temporal bone and pivots up and down. There are many tissues that run in-between the two including a set of nerves. When you have TMJ or temporomandibular disorder. You can experience pain in the jaw joint as well as connecting tissue. Unexplainable Pain and TendernessThe top two first signs patients notice are pain and tenderness that don't have an easily identifiable cause. For many it is felt on both sides, some can feel it only on one side or the other. The pain is most commonly experienced near the joint area around the ear. It can radiate outwards and create tenderness in the muscles. There are some cases where the facial muscles will experience soreness when the jaw is opened and closed. Difficulty Chewing or Odd Noises Coming from the JawIf you have ever chewed on some gum for a long period of time or you ate something new that you had to chew on for a long period of time. The next day you most likely felt some stiffness in the jaw muscles when you ate. TMJ is similar, except the pain starts to occur without any explainable changes. There can be a feeling like something is grinding in your jaw when you yawn and open wide. If you start to notice noises while eating and/or opening your mouth, described as a clicking or popping. They can be some of the early signs of TMJ. If you are experiencing any of the signs above, consulting with your oral specialist can help you come to a definitive conclusion. Most jaw pain is linked to TMJ and seeking medical advice can help remedy the problem....

Over the Counter Medications Are Often Enough Following Oral Surgery
Posted on 12/25/2019 by Ankur Johri
There seems to be a misconception prevalent among dentists and patients that only opioids and narcotics have the necessary strength to be effective against the pain that follows oral surgery. But this is not quite correct. Over the counter (OTC) medications can work just as fine as narcotics. The Role of Over the Counter Medications After Dental SurgeryNonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) that are available over the counter are effective against inflammation in the mouth and in the process, they also exhibit and analgesic effect. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are commonly prescribed NSAIDS. Acetaminophen is another pain reliever that may not bring down the swelling, but does give the feeling of reduced pain. NSAIDS and acetaminophen can be used in combination under the instructions of the dentist. These will help you experience relief from mild, moderate, and even severe pain. OTC painkillers are accompanied by far fewer side effects as compared to opioids. Opioids can lead to nausea and constipation, among other side effects. More importantly, as the dosage of opioids increases over time, the risk of addiction becomes very real. Prescription-based addiction is a big issue in America, and a lot of it is prevalent because of misconceptions regarding the efficacy of NSAIDS in managing pain following oral surgery. Overdose and sometimes fatal complications are a real issue with opioids. Not just the subject, even family members are at risk, should they consume such pain-relieving medication. For the most effective and safe post-operative pain relief, the dentist must take into account a subject's medical history. Any past record of substance abuse should totally rule out narcotics-based pain relievers. We can help you learn more about pain relief. Get in touch with us for your dental issues, our post-surgery recuperation plan is detailed, and we assure you of effective and safe pain management. Call now....

All Posts:
Types of Oral Appliances That Protect Teeth from Grinding
Top 4 Symptoms of TMD
Over the Counter Medications Are Often Enough Following Oral Surgery
How Common Are Jaw Fractures Following Auto Accidents?
What Is an Uncomplicated Crown Fracture?
Ways of Preventing Dental Implant Rejection
Positions to Sleep in Following Oral Surgery
How Your Oral Health Can Benefit from Getting a Bone Graft
Do All Broken Teeth Require Extraction?
How to Tell if You Need Oral Surgery
Top 4 Reasons You Could Need Oral Surgery
Things to Make Note of If Your Jaw Hurts
Why Do We Offer Sedation Options?
Who Benefits Most from Sinus Implant Procedures?
Why We Offer Several Types of Sedation
What Age Should Oral Cancer Screenings Start?
We Offer Several Sedation Options for Your Oral Surgery
Signs You Have Uneven Jaw Growth
If You Have Ringing In Your Ears, We May Have Solutions to Help
How to Track the Details of TMJ Pain
What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?
Signs Your Tooth May Need to Be Sectioned for a Dental Extraction
Sinus Infections Can Come from Oral Health Issues
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
Understanding What Comes with Cleft Palate
Types of Facial Trauma Oral Surgeons Help With
Treating an Infection of the Salivary Gland
Top 3 Reasons to Come See Us After an Auto Accident
Are There Reasons to Fear Bony Growths in The Mouth?
3 Bad Habits You May Have That Could Increase Your TMJ Pain
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
How Do Salivary Glands Get Infected?
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental Implants


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