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Procedures That Can Make a Total Mouth Makeover More Successful

Posted on 6/22/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Everyone loves to have a beautiful smile! Sometimes it may be difficult to maintain your smile due to tooth decay or physical damage of your teeth. With advances in modern dentistry, there are many procedures that can help you restore your smile and help you maintain better oral health. One procedure many people are interested in are dental veneers. Dental veneers are small pieces of material that are placed on the front surfaces of teeth to make them more symmetrical and bright. If you're looking for a way to make your smile more uniform, than dental veneers are the way to go! Dental veneers are typically made with porcelain or ceramic, so they are strong which means they will last you a very long time with the proper care. Tooth Replacement If you're looking to replace a single tooth, a dental implant may be the way to go! A single tooth may not seem like it can transform the look of your mouth, but it really can. Dental implants are great if you're only looking to replace one tooth because they can be matched to fit the size, shape, and color of your other teeth, making your mouth look more complete. Sometimes it's not your teeth that you want to change, but your gum line. Luckily, there is a way to decrease your gum line if you suffer from a gummy smile. This process utilizes a laser to trim down the gum line. The great thing about this procedure is that it will expose more of your teeth, making your mouth look fuller and healthier. If you're interested in improving your smile, give us a call. We can help you with any of these options and much more. During your consultation, we'll be happy to provide any information you want on your way to a total mouth makeover!...

Foods That Can Trigger More TMJ Pain

Posted on 6/8/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
TMJ disorders can cause a lot of discomfort. Although there are a number of devices and medications that can help you treat TMJ disorder, you also need to ensure that you take precautions at your end so you can provide some relief to the condition. While there is no cure for TMJ disorder, there are a number of techniques and tips you can use to help provide relief and one of the major solutions is to focus on what you eat and how you eat. Food Choices TMJ disorder puts a lot of stress on your jaw and eating hard food will only worsen the condition. If you suffer from TMJ disorder and you have a lot of tension and stress in your jaws, avoid eating food that is hard because this will put more stress on your jaws and the pain will only increase. You don't have to avoid eating hot food completely. You just need to avoid it until the treatment process actually starts working. You should also try to avoid eating food that is very chewy in nature because this will also put a lot of stress on your gums and jaws. If you have the habit of chewing gum you may want to quit because this is one of the worst things that you can do when you suffer from TMJ disorder. When you have something in your mouth that you chew on, you will find it very difficult to continue chewing and this could make the condition a lot worse than it already is. You should also focus on taking smaller bites and chewing your food slowly without applying too much pressure on your jaws. If you want to know what all devices can help you get relief from TMJ and what you should avoid eating when you suffer from this condition, then visit our office and meet our expert professionals....

Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Before we answer this question, we should probably define orofacial pain. Orofacial pain is pain that is felt in the head and/or neck region. There are many causes of orofacial pain and the type of pain you may feel is quite diverse. You could just have headaches, earaches, tooth pain or neck pain, but you could also feel sensations like stabbing pain or burning pain. You could even experience jaw pain. All of these things come under the umbrella of orofacial pain. If you have this type of pain it may be accompanied by other symptoms. These would include ringing of the ears, dizziness, itching that you can't explain, or tingling feelings in your head or neck area. Orofacial pain could have a vascular, skeletal or nerve source. So What Do I Do? The good news is that many of the more common causes of orofacial pain are dental related and may be able to be treated by us. Some of the causes of orofacial pain are Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ), Burning mouth syndrome, sleep disorders, and some traumas. There are other causes of this type of pain, but the other causes are best treated by your physician. We are experienced in treating temporomandibular joint pain. This a rather common condition and also one of the common causes of orofacial pain. Temporomandibular joint disorder goes hand in hand with sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are commonly expressed by grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep. They are also closely related to snoring or sleep apnea, two symptoms which are typically the tip-off that you have a problem. These conditions can be treated by creating a mouth guard, custom fit for your teeth and mouth, that you wear at night. This prevents side to side movement and though it doesn't prevent clenching your teeth, it does absorb the stress you put on your teeth and jaws by clenching. If you have burning mouth syndrome, we may be able to help, depending on the cause. If we can't help, we should at least be able to rule out some of the causes for burning mouth syndrome. Fixing it may be as simple as changing a medication, but it can also be an indicator that you have diabetes or a fungal infection. It also can relate to decreased saliva production. If you have pain in your facial region call us. We may be able to help you, but if we can't, we can let your physician know what we have been able to rule out as a cause. That will help your doctor find the cause more quickly....

All Posts:
Procedures That Can Make a Total Mouth Makeover More Successful
Foods That Can Trigger More TMJ Pain
Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us
Signs You May Need to Have a Sinus Lift
Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak?
Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer
TMD Could Lead to Anxiety - Let Us Help
Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During Sports
Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Could a Custom Mouthguard Help Protect Your Teeth?
Types of Dental Surgery Most People Need at Some Point
Some Teeth Need Splitting to Extract Them Properly
All-on-4 Dentures Could Last the Rest of Your Life
How an Abscess Can Turn Into Ludwig's Angina
Can Stained Veneers Be Repaired Without Getting New Veneers?
How Long Does Typical Dental Implant Placement Recovery Take?
In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery
How Our Oral Surgeons Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
Ways of Keeping Your Jaw Bone Strong Enough for Dental Implant Surgery
Types of Jaw Pain to Be Aware Of
Things to Do to Minimize the Chances of Implant Rejection
Some Bleeding is Normal After Oral Surgery, But How Much is Some?
What to Expect During the Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
How Implantology Can Improve Your Oral Health
Why Do Teeth Require Splitting During Extractions?
How Oral Piercings Are Commonly Damaging the Mouth
Sleep Apnea Needs Treatment to Reduce the Effects and Dangers
Signs Your Impacted Tooth Needs to Come Out
How an Oral Appliance Can Improve Apnea Symptoms
Following an Automobile Accident, We Should Examine Your Mouth
Why Dental Emergencies Are Something We Often Treat
Which Vitamins Should You Try and Get from Food During Oral Surgery Recovery?
If You Have Temporary Implants, Does That Change What You Are Allowed to Eat?
How Using Sedation When You Come See Us Can Boost Your Oral Health
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
Recovering from an Apicoectomy
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention To
What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection
Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
Are There Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea by Positioning Yourself Differently When You Sleep?
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
Why Salt Water Rinses Are Imperative to Oral Surgery Recovery Success
Do You Need to Worry About Osteonecrosis in Your Jaw?
Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
How An Oral Surgeon May Become Necessary for Someone with Bruxism
Dangers Associated with New Oral Piercings
How an Oral Surgeon Can Repair a Torn Lip
Can an Oral Surgeon Help Your Dentures Fit Better?
Surgical Options for TMD Pain
Is Facial Reconstruction Something to Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon?
Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
Does What You Drink Prior to Oral Surgery Really Matter?
Take Notes When You Experience Pain so You Can Talk to Your Oral Surgeon About It
How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Prone to Breaking
Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
Most Nutritious Foods for the First Few Days after Oral Surgery
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