TMJ is the acronym for “temporomandibular joint”, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the maxillofacial. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.
If you suspect you may have TMD, come in for a consultation or mention it at your regular cleaning. Many of the symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is TMD.
In most cases, dental treatments will take care of your TMD issues. However we work hand in hand with a physical therapist and will evaluate whether the muscles in your head and neck need to be strengthened.
Dental implants are a permanent and natural looking solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. Dental implants act as a false root, keeping your other teeth from shifting and the jawbone from receding. An implant is a stable neighbor to the surrounding teeth and can act as an anchor for bridges and dentures (full and partial). There are many reasons you may be in need of an implant – Fractured teeth, cavities, periodontal disease, bone loss, or poor fitting dentures.
The Implant must fuse with your jawbone so if you’re missing a tooth the sooner you get the Implant placed, the better! If you’ve been missing a tooth for a while and long for an Implant, don’t worry! We can help you too!
The hollow space within the root of each of your teeth is called a ‘root canal,’ and within that canal there is dental pulp which consists of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Tooth decay or trauma can cause damage to your dental pulp which results in an infection that if left untreated, can spread to the bone around your tooth, resulting in the loss of the tooth. To save the tooth, we will first remove the dental pulp and clean the area. Then we will fill that area a specialized material that will protect your tooth from any more infection and reduce any sensitivity of the tooth. Once the root canal is cleaned, filled and restored, your tooth is capped with a crown that protects the mended root canal and looks and functions like a normal tooth.
A tooth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons – overcrowding, advanced decay, or because it is an impacted wisdom tooth. Impacted teeth and wisdom teeth that can potentially cause problems, like infections, need to be removed. Recovery from extraction is relatively quick. Read more for a list of post-extraction instructions and food suggestions!