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Dangers of Not Treating Tooth Grinding

Posted on 2/28/2020 by Brandon Becker
When it comes to treating various dental health issues it is never really OK to wait or put off any of them. Whether it is a simple toothache, a festering sore, or it has simply been too long since your last cleaning, when it comes to oral health the most important thing is taking care of it regularly. But while any type of problem with your teeth and gums should always be dealt with in an expedient manner, there are certain problems that can cause more damage in a shorter amount of time than others. One such example would be teeth grinding, both the daytime awake version and the nighttime, while-you-are-asleep kind. To look a little bit deeper into what can come as a result of consistent tooth grinding, let's examine a couple of issues: Loss of Tooth Enamel The first danger of unchecked tooth grinding is that it can damage the protective coating on them called enamel. This helps to protect you from the various effects that food, beverages, acids, and everything else that comes in contact with your teeth can have on them. And once enamel is gone, it doesn't come back. Head, Ear, and Toothaches Another problem stemming from teeth grinding is the pain that it can cause. Because the muscles in the face and jaw clinch so hard and for so long during these sessions, it can lead to anything from moderate to significant pain anywhere in the face. This includes not only the teeth themselves, but also the cheeks, temples, sinuses, and basically everywhere else. If you are in need of treatment to help correct you or a loved one's habit of grinding your teeth, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at our office immediately. We are ready to help you as soon as possible....

Could a Mouth Guard Help Improve Your Sleep?

Posted on 2/15/2020 by Brandon Becker
Sleep apnea may be a potentially serious disorder during which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. There are three types of sleep apnea, the most common type being obstructive sleep apnea, which is where the throat muscles relax, and you snore loudly and stop and start repeatedly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep. Then there is central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain does not send proper signals to the muscles that control your breathing and then the last form of apnea is complex sleep apnea syndrome or also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, and this occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Why should You Consider a Mouthguard for Sleep Apnea? A custom mouthguard is made by the dentist to help reduce snoring and alleviate obstructive sleep apnea and it can be a powerful method of achieving greater sleep health and has been effective in numerous clinical trials. The mouthguard is relatively comfortable and tends to be used more consistently giving a better adherence rate. The patients report that the mouthguards are fairly comfortable and easy to wear, they are convenient for travel due to the compactness of their size, the mouthguards are less invasive and far quieter than a CPAP machine. The other advantage, of course, is the cost, which is usually a factor for a lot of patients. If you are curious about a custom mouthguard as a treatment option, we encourage you to call our office for a visit and we can set you up for an appointment with a special sleep dentist who can perform an examination of your oral cavity – which will include your throat, tongue, jaw and teeth, and possibly an x-ray of your airway. This is the first step and we will help you get to the right professional to guide you through the process....

Why Could Your Tooth Hurt After Getting a Root Canal?

Posted on 9/25/2019 by Ralph Becker
A root canal is a procedure that should solve a problem. It should remove any infection around a tooth, and it should mean that you can return to your normal routines. But what happens if after you get a root canal, your tooth begins to hurt. You need to know the difference between normal pain after the procedure and pain that signals there is a problem that needs to be checked on. Facts About Root Canals A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the diseased pulp in a tooth while preserving the rest of the tooth. It is supposed to stop the pain that comes from a tooth with a deep cavity that can reach the nerves. A root canal requires an anesthetic to prevent any pain from the procedure. That anesthetic will wear off shortly after the procedure, but you may experience some effects of the procedure for a time after it is done. It is important to know what is normal and what type of pain is not normal after a root canal so you know what to do about it. After a Root Canal It is normal to have swelling and discomfort after a root canal. That can last for a few days. During this time, you should manage any pain or other symptoms with over the counter medications and a good oral hygiene routine. There are some cases when a problem with the root canal procedure is the cause of the tooth pain. It is possible that during the procedure, the tissue surrounding the root canal has some damage from the instruments. This can cause the area surrounding the root canal to experience additional pain and sensitivity. Another common cause is a temporary filling that is too high. A high filling will cause discomfort when you put pressure on it. This is something that will stop when a new, permanent filling is put in place. Anytime you feel pain or discomfort after a root canal or any other procedure, you can call our office to ask if it is something to worry about. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment to help you with anything regarding your oral health....

All Posts:
Dangers of Not Treating Tooth Grinding
Could a Mouth Guard Help Improve Your Sleep?
Why Could Your Tooth Hurt After Getting a Root Canal?
What Treating Gum Disease Can Do for the Rest of Your Body
How a Damaged Smile Can Impact Your Future
Getting Straighter Teeth Can Boost Your Oral Health
Essential Oils That Can Improve Oral Health
Why Is It So Important to Remain Hydrated for Optimal Oral Health?
Three Most Common Types of Dental Cleanings You Can Get in Our Office
Parsley Can Give You Better Breath
When Teeth Begin to Chip, You Need to Get Them Treated
What We Do During Each of Your Dental Checkups
Life May Get Busy But You Still Need to Prioritize Your Oral Health
It Is Never Good When Teeth Move Around As You Sleep
Top 3 Problems to Expect if You Chew Ice
Things to Ask Us at Your Next Appointment
Best Methods for Stopping Tooth Decay
Benefits Oil Pulling Can Provide
Mouth Guards Can Give You a Lot of Oral Protection
Most People Do Not Put Enough Urgency Behind a Toothache
What to Do if You Haven't Been to the Dentist in Many Years
What to Do About Toothaches Following Fillings
Cold Air Can Cause Toothaches
Chewing Tobacco is Really No Better Than Smoking Where Your Oral Health is Concerned
Vegetables That Can Reduce Dental Stains
Does Tooth Pain Cause Migraines?
Does Pregnancy Change Your Dental Needs?
When Does Sleep Apnea Require Treatment?
What Your Teeth Get When You Spend Time Out in the Sun
Ways Lasers Can Improve the Health of Your Mouth
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