Dental emergencies happen. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, don't delay. Call us immediately for an emergency visit. Re-implanting a tooth works best when done within 30 minutes. After two hours, the procedure is unlikely to be successful. Call us after any blow to the mouth. A chipped tooth can be repaired, and any blow hard enough to chip a tooth is hard enough to move teeth out of alignment, even break the jawbone. Other dental emergencies include pain, swelling, or a lost filling. If you think it's an emergency, so do we.
What is Bruxism? Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching that wears down teeth and may cause facial pain. People who grind and clench, called bruxers, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition to grinding teeth, they also may bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren't diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late because so many people don't realize they have the habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by a dentist. Can bruxism cause harm? People who have otherwise healthy teeth and gums [...]
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 [...]