Patients present to our practice with accumulated years of dental changes and issues. In our practice, we first seek to understand the baseline conditions that led to a patient’s current oral health. Next we proceed with steps to mitigate and/or reverse those conditions, to both establish a long term functional system that is functionally sound, and also to improve the patient’s esthetic appearance.
Does the thought of biting into something cold or drinking a hot beverage make you wince? You aren’t alone! According to a survey published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, as many as one in eight Americans suffer from oral sensitivity.
The good news? With some TLC, regular dental visits, and proper oral hygiene, gum and/or teeth sensitivity can be treated.
Let’s start by identifying which form of sensitivity you are experiencing.
The outermost layer on the exposed part of your teeth is the enamel. It is a hard surface which serves to protect the inner layers….
There are 29.1 million Americans living with diabetes. That’s almost 10% of the population! For diabetics, high blood sugar can take a toll on the entire body — including the teeth and gums. High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and make gum disease worse. Because having less saliva allows more tooth-decaying bacteria and plaque to build up, it is essential for diabetics to control their blood sugar and get routine dental checkups. With good blood sugar control and dental care, you can minimize these problems.
A diabetes primer
Diabetes occurs when a person’s blood glucose (or blood sugar) is too high….
Kids aren’t the only ones to lose teeth. Adults can suffer tooth loss for various reasons, including trauma/accidents, gum disease, tooth decay and bruxism (grinding), as well as severely misaligned teeth. A lost tooth isn’t just bad for your smile, it is bad for your overall oral health. Losing one tooth actually makes it more likely that you’ll eventually lose more teeth … because the empty space results in increased reliance on the surrounding teeth, which can lead to fracture from overuse. You’re also more likely to develop infections with the newly empty space in your gums.
If you find yourself with a new space in your mouth,…
Have you recently noticed that your teeth are sore or sensitive to cold? Do your jaw muscles hurt in the morning? Does your face ache?
You’re not alone. As a result of the stress of our current circumstances, many of our patients are noticing symptoms that they haven’t had before. In particular, a significant uptick in facial muscle pain and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
Many transient cases of TMJ can be managed by simply being more aware of your own behavior (such as clenching during the day), and taking measures such as eating a soft diet,…