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TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment

What is the Temporomandibular Joint? TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the part of the jaw that slides and rotates just in front of your ear. It consists of the side and base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible). Chewing muscles connect the lower jaw to the rest of the head, allowing you to move your jaw forward, sideways, and open and close. When the jaw joint is working correctly, the lower jaw (both the right and left portions) is smooth and synchronized during movement. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder occurs when the jaw twists during opening, closing, or side-motion movements. These movements affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing. What is TMJ? TMJ describes a [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:25:19+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment

Prevention Made Just For You!

Custom Made Dental Prevention Every patient has unique dental needs. When it comes to prevention in dentistry, two visits a year may be average, but more appointments are necessary if your case requires some extra care. That might mean that your mouth builds up tartar quickly, you have one or more cavities, or teeth or gums are experiencing pain from infection. With regular dental checkups, we're here to make sure your smile stays healthy and bright. Fluoride has helped to improve the dental health of its users for generations, and we can apply sealants to children's teeth to fend off decay. X-rays are safer; modern anesthetics more effective. All in the name of prevention. Recent research has discovered that it's [...]

By |2019-07-25T16:05:05+00:00August 27th, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Prevention Made Just For You!

Women’s Oral Health

Women's Oral Health FAQs Do women need to be more careful with their oral health? Women's oral health depends on their different stages of life. For many women, these changes are directly related to surges in sex hormone levels, such as in puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. Women are also more likely to be diagnosed with TMJ, Myofascial pain, eating disorders, and Sjogren's Syndrome (dry mouth). What types of conditions will my dentist watch for? As a woman, you need to adhere to good oral hygiene. Make sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and after each meal when possible, and floss thoroughly each day. To help avoid problems, your dentist may request to see [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:58:28+00:00August 20th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Women’s Oral Health

Oral Cancer Facts and Screening

How common and how serious is oral cancer? Oral cancer, the sixth most common cancer, accounts for about 3.6 percent of all cancers diagnosed, with roughly 40,000 new cases reported annually in the United States. The vast majority of these cases occur in people older than 45 years, with men being twice as likely as women to develop the disease. The most frequent oral cancer sites are the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and soft palate tissue areas in back of the tongue, lips, and gums. If not diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the cancer can spread, leading to chronic pain, loss of function, irreparable facial and oral disfigurement following surgery, and even death. All general dentists [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:56:31+00:00August 13th, 2019|Patient Education|Comments Off on Oral Cancer Facts and Screening

Composite Fillings FAQs

Composite Fillings in Sacramento If you have cavities, we can use white composite fillings to repair your teeth in a way that also keeps them looking great! For tooth-colored-fillings in Sacramento, call us today at (916) 565-2570. What are composite fillings? Composite fillings are fillings that achieve a natural appearance with a mixture of plastic resin and ultra-fine glass particles (silicon dioxide). Today's composite fillings are strong enough to be placed on either front or back teeth, and are not only for restoring tooth decay, but for cosmetic improvements as well. With cosmetic bonding, we can change the color of teeth or reshape disfigured teeth. How is a composite placed? The filling material is applied in layers, and then we [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:54:40+00:00August 6th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Composite Fillings FAQs

The Routine Smile Exam

A Smile Exam Is Good For More Than Just Teeth We may uncover symptoms of other problems or illnesses. When you visit Redford Smiles for a routine smile exam, our team does a lot more than just probe for cavities. In addition to preventative care such as teeth cleanings and dental X-rays, we're giving you the next best thing to a complete physical examination. If it's been a while since you've seen your family physician, seeing a dentist could provide an early warning to other health conditions or illnesses. How's that possible? Your mouth is a unique meeting place of teeth, skin, muscle, fluids, and germs. A smile exam gives us the chance to look inside your body without using [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:29:01+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on The Routine Smile Exam

Straighten Teeth With Invisalign

Affordable Invisalign in Sacramento! Clear aligners to discreetly straighten your teeth. Explore your Invisalign options by calling our office today at (916) 565-2570. After a consultation with one of our friendly dentists, we'll determine if Invisalign is right for you, as well as the exact details of your treatment plan. Ever wish that you could have perfectly straight teeth—without months of wearing those geeky metal braces? And wouldn't it be nice to do so without everyone knowing? Now, there's a new way to straighten teeth—invisibly. And our office can walk you through it! The process is called Invisalign®, because it uses a series of clear aligners instead of brackets and wires. Even up close, Invisalign® is nearly undetectable. So, now [...]

By |2019-07-15T15:29:35+00:00July 16th, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Straighten Teeth With Invisalign

Putting the Squeeze on Toothpaste

Why is brushing with it important? Brushing with toothpaste is important for several reasons: Toothpaste and proper brushing action work to remove plaque—a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on teeth and causes cavities and gum disease. Toothpaste contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay. Ingredients to clean and polish teeth remove stains over time. It freshens the breath and leaves your mouth with a clean feeling! What type of toothpaste should I use? As long as your toothpaste contains fluoride, the brand you buy really doesn't matter. Whether it's a paste or gel (or even powder form) all fluoride toothpastes work effectively to fight plaque and cavities, as well as clean and polish [...]

By |2019-07-01T16:45:14+00:00July 9th, 2019|Preventative Dentistry|Comments Off on Putting the Squeeze on Toothpaste

Metal-Free Fillings

Metal-Free, Tooth-Colored Fillings in Sacramento, California Fix cavities or replace old mercury amalgams with tooth-colored fillings. The aesthetic results are beyond compare: replacing metal fillings creates teeth that look as fresh, white, and natural as when they first grew in. Chewing puts incredible stresses on teeth. That's why (in the past) filling cavities and restoring damage usually involved metals. Typically gold, silver, or an amalgam—a mixture of metals, including mercury. Today, you have a choice of going metal-free! Our tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite-resin mixture that provides strength, as well as a natural appearance. We can now use these composites virtually everywhere, from repairing a minor defect to restoring a decayed tooth. If you have metal/mercury amalgam fillings, [...]

By |2019-07-01T16:41:44+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Metal-Free Fillings

Dental Sealants to Block Out Decay!

Dental Sealants in Sacramento, CA A simple, preventative procedure that can save you the trouble of future cavities. It's the dreaded news that nobody wants to hear—you have a cavity that needs fixing. Instead of waiting for the damage to occur, take matters into your own hands! Dental sealants are a simple, preventative procedure that can save you the trouble and expense of future cavities (either for yourself or your children). A dental sealant is nothing more than a thin plastic resin that we apply to the chewing surfaces of your teeth (usually only on molars and premolars). These are the areas that are most prone to developing cavities since the deep grooves tend to trap food particles. Once the [...]

By |2019-05-31T17:16:09+00:00June 25th, 2019|Prevention|Comments Off on Dental Sealants to Block Out Decay!