Mind the Gap!

 

Missing a tooth? Don’t leave a gap in your dental care!

 

If you’re missing one (or more) of your front teeth, you will most likely – from a cosmetic standpoint – want to fill the space as soon as possible. A missing back tooth usually doesn’t result in the same urgency, but there are very good reasons why you still need to replace any missing back teeth (even if it’s not as visible as a missing front tooth).

 

Your teeth keep each other in line. When one is knocked out, or lost due to dental decay, the resulting gap opens up space for surrounding teeth to drift out of position, shift, or tip into the empty space and change your bite. This could potentially lead to pain in your jaw, cavities, gum disease and the potential to lose more teeth.

 

As more teeth go missing, you’ll be forced to chew in other areas of your mouth, which can sometimes lead to tooth fractures from overloading, excessive erosion and/or TMJ (jaw joint) problems.

 

Please call us to arrange a full explanation of all your tooth replacement options, including one, or a combination of, the following:
– Removable partial dentures.
– Fixed dental bridges.
– Full dentures, for patients who have lost all of their teeth on the top and/or bottom of their mouth.
– Dental implants, which involve surgically implanting a replacement tooth root and then capping it with a natural-looking replacement tooth.

 

Early intervention will help you avoid more extensive —and expensive! — dentistry in the future. Call us if you’d like a consult or a full eval of your mouth! We’d love to see you!  734-485-2200

 

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Headaches and TMJ

Headaches and TMJ pain are very closely related!  

 Jaw pain can impact your life greatly! If you suffer from jaw pain and headaches there are treatment options and solutions.  Along with the impact of the pain from TMJ dysfunction,  grinding and clenching can also cause periodontal disease, tooth loss, broken teeth even root canal treatment.  There are many options for treatment, TMJ can be treated!

There are many signs and symptoms for TMJ dysfunction including headaches:

  • Biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Dull, aching pain in the face
  • Earache (particularly in the morning)
  • Headache (particularly in the morning)
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine (particularly in the morning)
  • Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw
  • Reduced ability to open or close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Dizziness
Causes of TMJ include
  • grinding, clenching
  • life stress
  • dental restorations not adjusted properly- “filling or crown feels “high” in the bite”
  • structural issues within the jaw
  • trauma
  • excessive gum chewing or nail biting or chewing on pens etc
  • lack of overbite
  • degeneration joint disease, fybromyalgia, Myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome
  • lack of overbite or an open bite

Treatment!

There are many options both traditional and alternative

  • adjusting improper dental restorations (ie crowns, fillings etc)
  • bite splints- both over the counter or prescribed just for you!
  • massage therapy (yes! it is a wonderful excuse to get a massage- both whole body and targeted
  • physical therapy in extreme cases
  • ice the joint, NSAID’s like motrin, advil, ibuprofen
  • orthodontics
  • in very extreme cases- surgery
  • decrease life stress
  • anti depressants, muscle relaxers
If you have any issues with TMJ and would like a consultation with us please call!
734.485.2200