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    Common Causes of TMJ

    Last updated 5 days ago

    The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) controls the movement of the jaw. The joint is on both sides of the head and is responsible for the motions you make to chew, speak, or swallow. Muscles, ligaments, and bone must work together to ensure that this joint works correctly. TMJ disorders can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Keep reading to learn about causes for these disorders:

    Arthritis in the Joint
    One of the leading causes of TMJ disorders is arthritis in the joint. If arthritis is present in this area, it could damage the cartilage and disrupt the way the entire joint functions. If you notice any changes in the way your jaw moves or feels, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist to learn about possible TMJ treatment options.

    A lot of people start to experience issues in the temporomandibular joint because they grind their teeth. This habit, which is also called bruxism, can change the shape and the surface of the teeth, mess up your alignment, and affect the muscles that allow you to chew. If you think you grind your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about getting fit for a mouth guard that can alleviate your issues.

    Bruxism, clenching, and accidents that could break the jawbone are all considered forms of trauma. Trauma on or near the face could affect the way your jaw functions and might lead to TMJ disorders. If you have any kind of trauma on or near the face, you should talk to your dentist to see if you need TMJ treatment to restore the function of your jaw.

    At Dental Care of Stamford, we can help you find the right kind of TMJ treatment for your needs. With some of the top dentists in the area and state-of-the-art technology, we work hard to ensure every patient has the healthiest teeth and gums. To learn more about or office or our services, call (203) 883-4464.

    Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

    Last updated 12 days ago

    If you have severe tooth decay and the tooth cannot be saved, your dentist might choose to extract it. After the procedure, the dentist will give you some gauze to apply to the extraction area for about 30-45 minutes.

    Typically, the bleeding stops after this period, but it might last longer and require another piece of gauze. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth twice daily as the area heals while making sure to avoid the area of the extraction. If you experience nausea vomiting, or unusually heavy bleeding, you should call your dentist. Learn more in this video.

    Whether you need a tooth extraction or a regular cleaning, Dental Care of Stamford is here for you. We work hard to offer you the best dental care in the area. Call (203) 883-4464 to schedule an appointment.

    Taking Care of Your Veneers

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Veneers can be used to solve a few different dental problems including discoloration and broken or chipped teeth. In order to get the most out of this treatment, however, it is important to take care of them properly. Read on for a look at how to take care of your veneers.

    Regular and proper oral hygiene is paramount to the maintenance of your veneers. Just like natural teeth, veneers should be brushed twice and flossed once each day. Be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste and a tooth brush with appropriately sturdy bristles. Do not brush too aggressively. It is also important to visit your dentist once or twice each year. If there are any issues, your dentist will be able to catch them early on and make the corresponding adjustments before problems are caused.

    Much like natural teeth, veneers can be fragile and thus should be protected in certain cases. If you play contact sports, it is crucial to use a mouth guard. The right equipment can keep your veneers safe and prevent you from having to go back to your dentist for further treatment. 

    Your diet can cause your teeth to become discolored in the first place, and it can have a similar effect on your veneers. Food and drinks that are intensely colored tend to stain your teeth and your veneers. These include coffee, tea, wine and certain types of berries. You should also be careful when eating particularly crunchy or hard foods because they may crack your veneers. Make the most of your dental treatment by being cognizant of your diet and how it may affect your veneers.

    For more information about how to take care of your veneers, contact Dental Care of Stamford or visit our website. We are a dentistry practice that offers TMJ treatment and orthodontics in addition to many other dentistry solutions. If you would like to know more about our business, call us at (203) 883-4464 or visit our website. If you live in the Stamford area, stop in today and find out more about what we can do for you.

    Causes of Tooth Enamel Erosion

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Enamel is a tooth’s first line of defense and it is used to protect teeth from physical impact that occurs from processes like chewing. However, there are many factors that cause enamel to erode. Here are a few causes of tooth enamel erosion.

    One factor that contributes to tooth enamel erosion is exposure to acids that are found in fruit drinks and sodas. Enamel may also be eroded by the excessive consumption of starches and sugars. Certain medications can contribute to erosion, as can genetics. If you grind your teeth or brush your teeth too aggressively you may be damaging your tooth enamel. Other causes of erosion include biting your fingernails, using chewing tobacco, and frequent vomiting. Erosion of tooth enamel can lead to cavities and tooth decay.

    If you are suffering from tooth enamel erosion, talk to the experts at Dental Care of Stamford. We are a dental practice that serves the Fairfield County with a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments. For more information about us, feel free to visit our website or call (203) 883-4464.

    How Do Dental Implants Work?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Dental implants solve the problem of missing teeth in a potentially permanent way. This procedure both improves your look cosmetically and restores your teeth to full function. Here is a closer look at how dental implants work.

    Although dental implant treatment is incredibly helpful, the procedure is not for everyone. In order for the process to be successful, you must meet a few requirements. First, your gums must be healthy enough to receive the implants. You must also have a certain amount of bone in your jaw. Healthy gums and bone are needed to support the implants; if you do not meet these requirements, you will likely not be a candidate for dental implant treatment. You will also have to practice proper oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly in order to ensure that the treatment is effective. Proper care can lead to a lifetime of healthy dental implants.

    Dental implants are small posts that are inserted into your gums. They are used to support artificial teeth that help to restore your mouth to its natural function. The implants attach to your jawbone and stay securely in place. When they are properly maintained, dental implants function just like regular teeth, and they look similar as well.

    Dental implants come with countless benefits. As opposed to other treatments, implants do not harm neighboring teeth; instead, they are supported directly by the jawbone. This helps to retain bone mass as well as keep the face from appearing sunken in. Since implants attach to your jaw, there is no risk of your new teeth slipping or even falling out of your mouth. With other treatments such as dentures, this guarantee is not made. In this way, dental implants make it easy to chew your food and speak to people with confidence.

    If you would like to know more about how dental implants work, call the dental professionals at Dental Care of Stamford at (203) 883-4464. We serve the Stamford area with a variety of dental procedures including orthodontics and TMJ treatment. For more information about our services, feel free to visit our website or stop in and see us.

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