Archive for November, 2017

Do TMJ Symptoms Improve with a Mouthguard?

For painful TMJ symptoms, many patients find relief with a mouthguard. Many people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder try a range of solutions to get rid of the jaw pain and stiffness. Wearing a night guard is one of the common conservative treatments for TMJ disorder. But is this an effective solution? For some patients, a night guard can be […]

Why Tooth Restorations May Not Match Your Natural Teeth

If you got your tooth restorations years ago, you may have noticed that the dental implants or crowns no longer match the color of your natural teeth. You know they matched when you got them, so why is the old implant a different color from the rest of your smile today? Although you might assume the […]

Will Wisdom Tooth Extraction Be Necessary Before You Get Braces?

Many teens need their wisdom teeth out before they can get braces. But this procedure should wait for many younger patients until long after their orthodontia is complete. The factors that determine whether your child needs to see the oral surgeon before their braces go on include their age, the condition of their wisdom teeth and the recommendation of the orthodontist and […]

Gum Disease: Assessing Your Risk

Gum disease poses a significant threat to your long-term oral health — and your overall health and well-being. The condition has been associated with chronic and systemic medical conditions including cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetic complications. Also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, the main cause of this problem is plaque — the soft, sticky, bacteria-rich film that accumulates on the […]

Teeth-in-a-Day Dental Implants: 4 Simple Steps to a Beautiful Smile

Teeth-in-a-day dental implants can fill the gaps in your grin, giving you a natural-looking, beautiful smile. Dental implants are widely considered to be the premier method of tooth replacement, and millions are successfully placed every year. Most are standard implants, which require a series of procedures over the course of several months. With the teeth-in-a-day […]

Oral Surgery Abroad: The Dangers of Dental Tourism

Have you considered having oral surgery in a foreign country? More Americans are exploring the concept of dental tourism every year, in hopes of saving money. They may have heard that traveling out of the country to have dental restorations or oral surgery can save them money on a needed procedure. However, what may sound like a good financial deal for oral surgery could actually […]

Oral Cancer Screening: Could a Saliva Test Detect the Disease?

Having a professional oral cancer screening once or twice per year, along with performing your own monthly self-checks, improves the chances of detecting signs of the oral pathology early, when cancer is easier to beat. However, for some patients, symptoms don’t become noticeable until the later stages, when treatment can be more challenging. A new […]

Loose Denture Remedies

Stabilizing loose dentures is sometimes as easy as using a bit of adhesive. But eventually, many denture wearers need to find another solution to address an uncomfortable, ill-fitting upper or lower denture. Dentures are designed for a custom fit, but over time, they become loose due to bone loss in the jaw. Dentures don’t have […]