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Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ disorders, are common complaints that can be diagnosed and treated by experienced dentists. There are a number of different things that can cause TMJ disorders. It’s important for your dentist to determine the root cause of your pain in order to plan your TMJ treatment more effectively. Here are some of the most common causes of TMJ problems:
How you react to stress could explain your TMJ disorder. When you’re stressed, you may clench or grind your teeth, particularly at night when sleeping. These actions can cause soreness in the muscles and joints of your jaw. Eventually, you may experience painful muscles spasm or notice that you have limited range of motion with your jaw. In some patients with stress-related TMJ, only the muscles are affected. In other cases, only the joints are impacted. For other patients, both muscle and joint pain are present.
Arthritis can develop in the joints of your jaw, causing pain and stiffness when you try to open your mouth. Arthritis in the TMJ region is sometimes caused by an injury. Chronic teeth grinding can also cause arthritis to set in. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease, may also experience jaw pain related to that condition. In severe cases, rheumatoid arthritis can cause parts of the jaw to fuse together.
There is a small disc located in the region between your jawbone and the bone socket. This disc cushions the bone when it moves, but it may occasionally slip out of place. When this happens, you will usually hear a telltale popping or clicking sound when you open and close your mouth. Range of movement may also be limited.
Let the dentists at Dental Care of Stamford diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder so treatment can begin. In addition to a range of TMJ treatments, we offer comprehensive pediatric, general, and cosmetic dental care for your entire family. Make an appointment today by calling (203) 803-1815.
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Dental Health Advice for Adults and Children: People are getting more cavities now than ever before. A big part of that is due to the soft drinks we consume. Carbonated beverages, even the diet versions, are strong causes of cavities due to the bubbles that are made of carbonic acid.
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A periodontal screening is an important part of regular dental checkups. Diagnosing gum disease early allows for easier, more successful treatment. Periodontal screenings are also painless and could prevent future tooth loss.
Watch this video to see how gum disease is diagnosed. During a periodontal screening, your dentist will use a probe to measure the depth of the pockets between the teeth and gums. Any pockets with depths of more than four millimeters could indicate gum disease. Your dentist may use special cleaning techniques to help control your gum disease, or he may refer you to a periodontist for more extensive treatment.
Make regular dental checkups at Dental Care of Stamford part of your oral health regimen. Our office is open six days a week for your convenience. Schedule an appointment at our Stamford dental practice by calling (203) 803-1815.
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Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects about half of the adult population in the U.S. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two main types of this condition. Gingivitis can often be controlled with good oral hygiene, but your dentist must treat periodontitis. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, and the deterioration of jaw bone. Although treatment for gum disease is possible, prevention is still the best policy. Here are some ways you can control your risk of gum disease:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Your best weapon against gum disease is good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once per day to remove plaque and bacteria that could cause gum irritation. Talk to your dentist about any special measures you should take, such as a adding a rinse designed to protect your gums. See your dentist two times each year for cleanings and checkups. During these preventative care visits, your dentist can diagnose gum disease in its early stages, when it is easier to treat.
Control Your Blood Glucose
If you have diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing gum disease. You can reduce that risk by maintaining good blood glucose control. High glucose levels can exacerbate gum infections, and gum infections can drive up glucose levels. Work closely with your endocrinologist to develop a control plan, and be sure to discuss your blood glucose levels with your dentist.
Smoking takes a hefty toll on your oral health. When it comes to gum disease, smoking is one of the leading risk factors. Not only does smoking cause gum disease, but it also makes treatment less effective. Your dentist or primary care doctor can recommend techniques you can use to kick the habit.
At Dental Care of Stamford, we perform periodontal screenings during regular checkups and have gum treatment specialists on-site for your convenience. Discover why we’ve been named the best dentist in Stamford every year since 2008 and make an appointment today. Contact us at (203) 803-1815 for appointment scheduling.
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Having straight, properly aligned teeth is not just important for your appearance. Correcting malocclusion, or crooked teeth, can make eating and speaking much easier. Braces are a common treatment option for combatting misaligned teeth. Your orthodontist can apply the right braces for correcting your bite and setting your teeth for a healthy future. Here’s a brief look at malocclusion and how braces can give you a straighter smile:
Improper Jaw Alignment
Your teeth can become crooked due to their alignment on the jawbone. If your teeth grow too closely together, they can crowd each other, affecting your bite and jaw alignment. Similarly, if your teeth grow too far apart, they’ll have more room to grow than is necessary, which can lead to unsightly spacing between your teeth and an improper jaw alignment.
Signs of Malocclusion
The most obvious sign of malocclusion is teeth that are either crooked or sticking out. As noted earlier, teeth that stick out too far can cause problems extending beyond appearance—including problems with speaking or eating normally. If you visit a dentist, he or she will quickly notice signs of malocclusion and refer you to an orthodontist.
Benefits of Braces
Braces are an effective way to correct a bite without surgery. Your orthodontist will bond braces to your teeth that gradually move them into the correct position. For children, braces can also correct jaw alignment. However, adult jaws are usually too strongly set to be corrected without surgery. In some cases, troublesome teeth will need to be removed before affixing braces. If your orthodontist is unable to work around out-of-place teeth, the teeth will be removed and replaced with dental implants after the braces have done their work.
Dental Care of Stamford has the experienced dentists, orthodontists, and surgeons you need for any level of malocclusion correction. We provide a number of other cosmetic dentistry services and products, including veneers, crowns, and Invisalign. Call us at (203) 803-1815 to schedule an appointment today.