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Why do teeth chip, wear or break?

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Why do teeth chip, wear or break?

Have you ever observed how teeth become different as people age? Have you noticed changes in your own teeth? Do they seem darker or shorter? Are there tiny chips or cracks that have started to appear?

Believe it or not, this is normal. Even if you are blessed with very strong enamel, teeth do become more fragile as they age. The question is why do teeth chip, wear or break?

What causes wear and tear of teeth?

There are essentially two ways that tooth enamel can break down. The first is through habitual behavior and the second is enamel erosion.

  1. Habitual behavior, which includes anything from chewing on pens and pencils to crunching on hard substances like ice or hard candy, can impact or damage your enamel. Just doing any of these things once can cause you to chip or crack a tooth. Teeth clenching and grinding is another common repetitive behavior that causes tooth wear, and it can be even more damaging than chewing on hard food substances.
  2. Enamel erosion is caused by the stomach acids that enter your mouth when you experience reflux or upset stomach. In cases where a patient has other medical issues, such as bulimia, the risk for acid erosion is even greater. It isn’t just stomach acids that erode your teeth. The foods you eat or liquids you drink every day can cause a lot of damage to your tooth enamel over time. Some of the biggest culprits for enamel erosion include wine, sugar, carbonated sodas, fruit juices, citrus fruits, dairy products and vinegar.

Protect your teeth

There are three ways you can protect your teeth from wearing down too quickly:

  1. Consistent oral hygiene is still the number one method for protecting your teeth, keeping in mind this does not mean a quick swish of the brush twice per day, but rather properly brushing and flossing twice daily.
  2. Regular visits to an Edmonton dentist, like Dr Alex Pavlenko, every six months for deep cleaning and routine checkups will help you to catch and correct problems while they are small, less expensive and easier to treat.
  3. If you grind your teeth due to stress or a misaligned bite, see a dentist and ask whether an oral appliance will help protect your teeth.

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Depression and poor quality sleep

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Feeling blue? Depression and poor quality sleep can be connected

If you are suffering from feelings of depression, there could be a link between them and the quality of your sleep. If you have symptoms like snoring, gasping and short pauses in breathing while you sleep, you could have what experts call sleep disordered breathing.

There is a link between sleep and depression. Healthy sleep is important for both your physical and your emotional well-being. When it is impaired, sleep deprivation can be the result.

Understanding depression

Everyone feels sad at some time or another. While we are usually aware of the reason for our depressed mood, sometimes we feel sad for no apparent reason, but this is not necessarily clinical depression. Symptoms of clinical depression are depressed moods that:

  1. last for an unusually long period of time
  2. interfere with your daily tasks
  3. have physical symptoms like fatigue, trouble concentrating or persistent headaches.

How does sleep apnea contribute to depression?

Sleep apnea is a physical problem that interrupts your sleep. It’s caused when your airways become blocked by your throat tissues, which stops you from breathing. To keep the vital flow of oxygen to your body, your brain awakens you very briefly to resume breathing. These short apneic events can occur dozens of times each night, leading to sleep disturbances that can cause chronic fatigue. 

Healthy, unimpaired sleep is important for healthy brain function. Without the benefits of s solid night’s sleep you can be at a greater risk of depression, suicide, and risk-taking behavior.

Can treating sleep apnea ease depression?

Sleep disorders can share many symptoms with depression. This is why it can be difficult to determine if a sleep disorder is causing depression, or if depression is causing sleep problems.

While depression is a serious condition that often requires specific treatment, if sleep apnea is contributing to depressive symptoms, sleep apnea treatment could help. Sleep apnea treatment is also important to maintain healthy levels of oxygen during sleep.

Sleep apnea is most often treated with CPAP, a machine that keeps your airway open while you sleep through the use of a facial mask that covers the nose. In some cases, an alternative sleep apnea treatment option is a dental appliance that is custom fit to your mouth to move your jaw into its most optimal position to keep your airways open. Some people find this to be a more comfortable option than CPAP.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about the link between depression and sleep, or if you would like to talk about dental sleep apnea treatment options, please contact us for a consultation.

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Medications for TMJ

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Medications for TMJ: do they work?

Medications for TMJ: do they work? Temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition caused by a problem with the jaw joints. TMJ can cause:

Medications for TMJ can be prescribed and they include pain-relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen that are also used for other types of pain. Medications can provide temporary relief, but the painful symptoms of TMJ disorder are usually require treatment to resolve the problem instead of just concealing the pain.

What causes TMJ disorder?

Your jaw joints go to work the minute you are born and let out that first cry. Throughout your life, your TM joints work to let you speak, eat, yawn and smile.

Your TM joints move smoothly because of soft discs of tissue that protect them, but, if there is a problem with how the joint functions, these discs can become worn, causing friction when you move your jaws. The TM joints can also be damaged by injury or accident, or they can be overworked if you have missing teeth or a bad bite.

Correcting the TMJ problem

TMJ is a complex condition caused by many factors. Pain relief in the form of medication is a good way to deal with TMJ pain quickly, but taking steps to find out what’s causing the problem can help you find more permanent relief.

The first step to finding effective TMJ treatment is to undergo an in depth examination of your mouth, teeth and jaws. Putting tight jaw muscles at rest through the use of a TENS machine can also help your health care provider understand what’s going on under the surface.

One the cause has been determined your Edmonton dentist can help steer you towards TMJ treatment options.

What kinds of TMJ treatment options are available?

A common TMJ treatment option is a dental mouthpiece called a splint. A splint is custom fitted by a dentist and can be worn while you sleep and, in some cases, during the day as well. The splint gently moves your teeth and jaws into optimum position to relieve stress on the jaws and provide relief from TMJ pain and symptoms.

A splint does not make any permanent change to your teeth or your bite. If permanent change to your bite is recommended for long-term relief from TMJ symptoms without the need for a splint, this can, in some cases, be accomplished with orthodontics or other dental treatments.

Find long-lasting relief from TMJ pain

Medications for TMJ can be prescribed for quick relief from TMJ pain, but seeking a long-term solution should be considered as well. If you have jaw pain, headaches, neck pain, popping sounds in your jaws or difficulty opening your mouth, call for a consultation appointment. We can discuss TMJ and determine if a TMJ treatment plan could help to reslove your pain.

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Options to replace missing teeth in Edmonton

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3 options to replace missing teeth in Edmonton

3 options to replace missing teeth in EdmontonBlacking out a few teeth for a costume party is funny, but losing them in real life is not amusing at all. If you have experienced the loss of one or more teeth due to gum disease, normal wear and tear or dental injury, your Edmonton dentist can help. Here are three excellent options used today to replace missing teeth and restore smiles:

1. Dentures

Dentures are a good choice when a full upper or lower set of teeth is required. It is true that even modern dentures are never going to be like having your own teeth, but today there are many significant improvements.

Not only is there a range of tooth shapes and colors to choose from, but your dentist can also custom-fit them to your mouth. This approach ensures a comfortable fit, helps to prevent slippage and allows a more natural-looking appearance.

2. Dental bridges

Dental bridges are used when there are smaller gaps. The teeth on either side of this gap are used as anchors for new prosthetic teeth. First they are prepared and shaped by your dentist, and then an impression is taken of the area. This impression is used to create crowns for that will be attached to your new prosthetic teeth.

When the final, properly fitted bridge is ready, the crowns are placed over your prepared teeth, any necessary adjustments are made, and it is cemented into place.

3. Dental implants

Dental implants are the treatment option that most closely resemble your own human teeth, and it is also the most permanent solution. While it is not a fast method, once the implant is firmly in place, you do not have to remove it for cleaning or worry about it slipping. In fact, you care for it in the same way as your existing teeth.

The procedure involves the surgical insertion of a titanium post into your jawbone, and then there is a healing time that can last from weeks to months. When the gum tissue and bone around the post has healed, a dental crown is placed over the post to finish your new tooth.

Where can you learn more?

You can learn more about these and other methods used to replace missing teeth by contacting your Edmonton dentist. After a thorough exam, he or she can recommend the best teeth replacement treatment option for you.

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Missing teeth problems in Edmonton

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3 problems that can be caused by missing teeth

problems that can be caused by missing teeth Losing a tooth may not seem like a big deal, but it can become a more serious matter if it is left untreated. People tend to react quickly to replace a missing tooth in the front, but problems caused by missing teeth are more than just cosmetic.

Back teeth are important for chewing, and every tooth is part of an overall structure that relies on teeth remaining intact for strength and support. Just one lost tooth can create problems.

1. Jawbone loss

Our teeth are supported by bones that secure their roots. Nature responds to a lost tooth by allowing the bone that supported it to deteriorate. This is called jawbone atrophy.

Atrophy of the jawbone can cause two problems:

  1. If you think that at some time in the future you’ll want to have your missing tooth replaced with a dental implant, it may not be possible or could require a bone graft. Implants need jawbone to support them, making dental implant treatment years after teeth are lost more difficult.
  2. Jawbone loss can also cause a sunken look to the cheeks, making you look older than you really are.

2. Poor oral health

When a gap is left where a tooth used to be, bacteria can gather there. Tooth brushing and flossing can miss this area, and the bacteria left behind can grow, become plaque and eventually harden to tartar. This is how gum disease begins. Bad breath is a side effect that is likely to occur.

Oral hygiene problems are common even in people who have all of their teeth and losing a tooth puts a person at even greater risk of gum disease.

3. Shifting teeth

Think of a building that loses one block of its foundation. The building won’t fall, but the foundation is weakened and can begin to shift. The same thing happens when a tooth is lost.

Many people with straight teeth in youth experience a shifting of their teeth when they get older. Losing a tooth can start this process. Teeth that have shifted can become misaligned and affect your chewing, putting stress on your jaws. A misaligned bite can lead to TMJ symptoms like painful jaws and headaches.

What’s the best way to replace missing teeth?

Problems caused by missing teeth can be avoided by having them replaced.

  • If you are interested in dental implants for permanent replacement, the sooner you act, the more likely it is that implants can be placed without the need for bone grafting.
  • Removable dentures and fixed bridges are also sound methods of replacing teeth

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about the options for replacing teeth and why replacing even one missing tooth is important, schedule a consultation with your Edmonton dentist.

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Unhappy with your gummy Edmonton smile

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Unhappy with your gummy Edmonton smile? Here’s an option for you

 laser gum recontouring, teeth too short, gum disease, Edmonton dentistThere are many dental issues that detract from a smile, including those where an individual has too much or too little gum-to-teeth ratio. This is commonly referred to as a gummy smile.

In some cases, the teeth are simply too short, but the gum tissue is still healthy. Others, however, may have receding gums due to periodontitis, an advanced phase of gum disease. If you are concerned about your gums and how they are affecting your smile, then you may be interested to learn about about laser gum recontouring and how it can help correct receding gums.

What is laser gum recontouring?

Laser gum recontouring utilizes dental lasers to remove diseased gum tissue, and reshape and cauterize your gums to stop bleeding without the need for more invasive surgery or sutures.

What are the benefits of dental lasers?

The benefits over lasers over traditional surgery can include:

  • A shorter procedure
  • Little or no need for anesthesia during treatment
  • Faster healing
  • A reduced risk of infection

Are there any disadvantages?

There are two key things to note when considering laser gum recontouring. The first is to make sure you ask about your dentist’s expertise in the use of dental laser treatments to make sure that you get the best care and avoid any risk of damage to your healthy gum tissue. The only other disadvantage is the cost, as it is considerably more expensive than traditional surgery.

Is everyone a candidate for this treatment?

Your dentist will need to examine your mouth, teeth and gums to determine whether this treatment is the best option for your situation, but most patients who have receding gums or an overly gummy smile are good candidates for laser gum recontouring.

Where can you learn more?

If you want to learn more about dental lasers, your best bet is to schedule a consultation with your Edmonton dentist. 

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Lasers and Edmonton dentistry

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4 ways lasers are used in dentistry in Edmonton

Oral health, cosmetic dental treatment, Edmonton dentistWhat do gum disease, oral surgery, gum contouring and teeth whitening all have in common? Each of these are individual dental treatments or cosmetic procedures that often require you to give up a considerable amount of your precious time. Modern dentistry is changing that, however, by employing high tech dental lasers that help to provide a quick, hygienic treatment for many procedures. Here is some general information about lasers and four common ways they are used in dentistry today.

What is a dental laser?

A laser is a form of light energy harnessed into a specific single frequency and wavelength. The ability to focus light energy provides an efficient way for dentists to cut with incredible precision. Because lasers simultaneously seal tiny blood vessels and nerve endings while eliminating more bacteria in the mouth,  laser technology may provide:

  • less bleeding and pain during the procedure
  • faster healing
  • reduced risk of infection
  • less downtime

What four ways are they used in dentistry?

1. Gum Disease Treatment

Some dental lasers are designed to cut or vaporize soft tissue, rather than bone or teeth. These soft tissue lasers are used specifically to target and obliterate diseased gum tissue and bacteria while carefully preserving surrounding healthy tissue.

2. Oral surgery

Dental lasers are used in oral surgery, because whether they are used to sterilize root canals, treat impacted teeth, obtain a biopsy or remove a canker sore, patients typically experience reduced pain and require less anesthesia.

3. Gum reshaping and contouring

Some patients with overly gummy smiles want a cosmetic dental treatment to remove, contour or reshape the gum tissue to enhance their smile. Lasers do this while reducing bleeding, discomfort and downtime to the patient.

4. Tooth whitening

Dental lasers enhance teeth whitening procedures by activating the peroxide bleach solution, enabling your dentist to achieve a bright, white smile.

How can you learn more?

Contact your Edmonton dentist to schedule a consultation and learn more about out how lasers may be used in your next dental treatment.

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Edmonton TMJ treatment options

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An Edmonton TMJ treatment option that fits in the palm of your hand

custom fitted orthotics, repositioning jaws, bad bite, edmonton dentistIf you have been suffering from painful TMJ symptoms, we’re pretty sure you may be searching for a TMJ treatment that could bring relief. TMJ symptoms include:

  • headaches or migraines
  • jaw pain
  • neck, shoulder or back pain
  • ear pain, ringing or congestion
  • facial pain
  • postural problems

What causes TMJ?

TMJ can be caused by a variety of factors, such as:

  • genetics
  • a jaw injury
  • teeth grinding
  • uneven dentistry
  • childhood allergies or breathing problems
  • poor posture

Any of these factors can cause your bite to become misaligned. When that happens your jaw joints and muscles are put under stress. It’s a bit like a tug-of-war between the two. When your bite is in an unstable position, your jaw joints and muscles battle each other to find a position that is both comfortable and stable. Because the problem is caused by underlying bite alignment issues – sometimes called a “bad bite” – the tug-of-war is often unwinnable.

As the condition persists, the results of this never-ending struggle can be stressed, overworked jaw muscles that compress nerves and radiate pain to other parts of your body, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching that, unfortunately, exacerbate the problem further. The only way to resolve a bite misalignment problem is to diagnose what’s causing it and then treat the cause.

TMJ treatment options

There are several ways to treat TMJ. As noted above, the key is in the diagnosis. One TMJ treatment, custom fitted orthotics, has helped many people who suffer from TMJ.

A TMJ orthotic is a physiologically balanced anatomical bite split that fits over your lower teeth. Its purpose is to re-position your jaws so your bite is balanced, which can eliminate or reduce the stress that causes the painful symptoms of a misaligned bite. It is designed by using specialized jaw tracking and jaw muscle monitoring technology that helps to establish the best bite position for your unique condition.

Is a TMJ orthotic the right treatment for you?

TMJ is a complex condition. While this blog is intended to help you understand a bit more about the disorder and a treatment option that has been successful for some, it can’t replace the sound advice of your Edmonton dentist. If you would like to learn more about TMJ, and how it can be treated with a custom fitted orthotic, please schedule a consultation.

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Treatment options for Edmonton headaches

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A treatment option for Edmonton headaches you may not have thought of

tmj headache, edmonton dentistIf you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, you know how painful, disruptive and debilitating they can be. For many people, a headache is a random, infrequent event simply caused by stress, fatigue or eating foods that disagree with you. For others, headaches are a common occurrence. Frequent headaches can have a variety of causes and could be a symptom of an underlying health problem. That’s why it’s a good idea to seek medical advice if you suffer from frequent or chronic headaches.

Headaches can be caused by a jaw joint disorder

A disorder with the way your jaw functions can cause headaches. Your jaw joint is one of the most complex joints in your body – an intricate system of muscles, ligaments, nerves and bone. When there is a problem with this joint, such as a misaligned bite, the jaw joint is put under a great deal of stress. This stress can cause the muscles that work your jaw to contract and tense up. Tight jaw muscles can become inflamed, putting pressure on the nerves that affect your face and head. Because of this pressure on your facial nerves, headache pain which may also cause nausea and sensitivity to light, can result. TMJ headaches are often misdiagnosed as a sinus, tension, migraine, or cluster headache.

Dental treatment to realign your bite can bring relief

If you have tried other headache cures or treatments without success, you may be looking in the wrong place. Your Edmonton dentist may be able to help you resolve your headache pain by taking a neuromuscular approach. This simply means considering the impact a misaligned bite can have on your whole body. Realigning the bite to position the jaw and surrounding muscles in their optimal position, can relieve the painful symptoms of a TMJ disorder.

From something simple as a dental orthotic that shifts your bite into proper alignment, to dental restorations to repair broken, damaged decayed or missing teeth that may be causing a misalignment in your bite, dental treatment could be a treatment option to look into when seeking a headache cure.

Learn more

Because chronic headaches can be the result of an underlying medical issue, we recommend you seek health care advice from all avenues. This includes seeing your family doctor, seeking help from a headache specialist, and checking in with your Edmonton dentist to make sure your teeth and oral health are not causing the problem.

 

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Why no patient ‘before/after’ photos or testimonials on our website? Here’s why:

In Alberta, dentists are governed by the Alberta Dental Association (ADA). In order to protect patients from overstated claims about experience, training, expertise and proficiency, patient testimonials and before-and-after images are not permitted on our website.

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TMJ Disorder Evaluation

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TMJ Disorder Evaluation

What you can expect…

We want to get to know you before we start your treatment. It only makes sense. We’ll will ask you about your dental expectations, requirements and dental history. Through simple diagnostic tests, we’ll gather objective data about the current state of your oral health so that your treatment plan is the most effective it can be.

Rest assured we’ll listen to you.  It’s our job to show you all your options, and then YOU decide.

How to schedule your TMJ Disorder Evaluation?

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Smile Rejuvenation Evaluation

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Smile Rejuvenation Evaluation

What you can expect…

We want to get to know you before we start your treatment. It only makes sense. We’ll will ask you about your dental expectations, requirements and dental history. Through simple diagnostic tests, we’ll gather objective data about the current state of your oral health so that your treatment plan is the most effective it can be.

Rest assured we’ll listen to you.  It’s our job to show you all your options, and then YOU decide.

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Sleep Disorder Treatment Option Consultation

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Sleep Disorder Treatment Option Consultation

What you can expect…

While you will want to see your medical doctor for a sleep disorder diagnosis, we can help you with a dental consultation. We’ll will ask you about your dental expectations, requirements and dental history. Through simple diagnostic tests, we’ll gather objective data about the current state of your oral health and help you understand some of the treatment options that exist for sleep apnea.

Rest assured we’ll listen to you.  It’s our job to show you all your options, and then YOU decide.

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Dental Implants Evaluation

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Dental Implants Evaluation

What you can expect…

We want to get to know you before we start your treatment. It only makes sense.

We’ll will ask you about your dental expectations, requirements and dental history. Through simple diagnostic tests, we’ll gather objective data about the current state of your oral health so that your treatment plan is the most effective it can be.

Rest assured we’ll listen to you.  It’s our job to show you all your options, and then YOU decide.

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2 treatment options for your Edmonton TMJ pain

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2 treatment options for your Edmonton TMJ pain

TMJ disorder, orthotics, full mouth reconstruction, restoring teeth, edmonton dentistTMJ pain can be difficult to bear. By some estimates, more than 50 million people in Canada and the U.S. suffer from severe headaches, a common symptom of this jaw joint disorder. Other TMJ symptoms are:

  • Dizziness
  • Jaw joint stiffness
  • Ear aches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Teeth that do not touch properly when biting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Problems with swallowing
  • Shoulder or back pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms hands or fingers
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Inability to open the mouth very wide
  • Teeth clenching or grinding teeth
  • Worn teeth

How does TMJ cause pain?

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) are the joints found just in front of your ears on each side of your head. Known more commonly as your jaw joints,  they connect your mandible (your jawbone) to your temporal bone (your skull). This complex joint is used to rotate your jaw, and move it forward, backward or from side to side. It works in combination with the surrounding soft tissues (muscles, nerves and ligaments) that allow you to you bite, chew, speak, swallow, and yawn.

When you have a problem with your occlusion, the way your teeth meet as you bite down, your jaw muscles often need to work harder than they are intended to compensate. As they become stressed, strained and tight, they recruit surrounding muscles to help out, as well as compress the facial nerves that travel through them. The over-worked muscles can become achy and sore; the compressed facial nerves can send pain signals to your brain.

How can your Edmonton dentist help with a TMJ disorder?  

1. Balancing your bite

A TMJ orthotic  can help your upper and lower teeth meet in a healthy, balanced bite position. This helps to relax the jaw muscles, which can alleviate painful  TMJ symptoms.

There are two kinds of orthotics that are commonly used to treat TMJ.

  1. One is called a removable orthotic.This type of orthotic is usually placed on the lower teeth. It can be removed for brushing, flossing and eating.
  2. The second type is a fixed orthotic. A fixed orthotic is bonded into your mouth for between six to twelve months, depending on the healing process.

Orthotics are know as Phase 1 Treatment – restoring physiological; health.

2. Restoring your teeth

Once your jaw muscles have relaxed and your optimal bite position has been determined, your dentist may recommend Phase 2 Treatment. The objective of Phase 2 treatment is to keep your bite in the healthy stable position the orthotic established.

Because TMJ is often caused by damaged, crooked or missing teeth, dental treatment such as orthodontics, or restorations such as veneer and implants may be recommended. An imbalanced bite can also cause you to grind your teeth. Oftentimes, due to teeth clenching or grinding, TMJ sufferers wear down their teeth. In this case, dental bonding can be used to build up the worn teeth.

If an array of dental treatment is required to stabilize your bite, it is called a Full Mouth Reconstruction.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about dental TMJ treatment options, please schedule a consultation.

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Can crooked teeth lead to Edmonton bite and jaw problems?

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Crooked teeth can get in the way of more than your smile

TMJ disorder, Edmonton dentistWhen you have crooked teeth, they can be an embarrassment. You may find yourself hiding from the camera or tucking away your smile. While this is a concern in itself, poorly aligned teeth can cause other issues as well.

Crooked teeth can impact the alignment of your bite

While you see the evidence of your crooked teeth every time you look in the mirror, you may not realize that crooked teeth can cause other problems as well. If your teeth are crowded or overlapping, a bad bite can be the result. Known as malocclusion, a bad bite can cause problems when you speak or chew. It can also create an unstable bite that can trigger a TMJ disorder. A TMJ disorder can cause many types of painful symptoms such as headaches or migraines, jaw pain, ear ringing or congestion, or neck, back and shoulder pain.

A TMJ disorder can affect your whole body

If your crooked teeth are causing a TMJ problem, the symptoms can be troubling. From pain, swelling, and tenderness in your jaw, to chronic migraines, back pain, neck pain, and more, TMJ can cause a great deal of discomfort. If you are worried about crooked teeth and TMJ pain, you can find help from your Edmonton dentist.

Learn more

If you suffering from a a TMJ disorder, dental treatment options may help. It could begin with straightening your crooked teeth. If you would like to learn more about how crooked teeth can contribute to TMJ and how dental treatment may help, please schedule a consultation.

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Ways your jaw joint could be affecting your body in Edmonton

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3 ways your jaw joint could be affecting the rest of your body in Edmonton

TMJ disorder, muscle pain, Edmonton dentistIf you are struggling with a TMJ disorder, you know that the problem revolves around your temporomandibular joint. This vital hinge connects the upper and lower jaw. When everything is in order, it will move with a seamless flow when you talk, eat, or yawn. However, if there is inflammation, strain, or the jaw is out of alignment, it can lead to discomfort. You could find yourself struggling with more than pain, swelling, and tenderness in your jaw.

How a TMJ disorder can cause referred trouble

When you have a TMJ disorder, the nerves in your jaw can be affected. If this is the case, pain can radiate to your ears, causing chronic earaches and ear ringing. You can also find yourself the victim of headaches and migraines. A TMJ disorder can even cause muscle pain throughout your body as you adjust the way you hold your head in order to compensate for the jaw disorder.

Dental treatment options can resolve TMJ issues

In order to deal with your TMJ disorder, you need professional help. Surprisingly, your Edmonton dentist can help. Through a combination of a physical examination and medical imagery, he or she can diagnose what is causing your TMJ disorder. From that point, it will be possible to choose the a treatment plan designed to tackle your symptoms.

Something as simple as a mouth guard worn at night could help resolve your discomfort. Tooth restoration can help treat problems with your bite. Veneers, dental bonding, and crowns are restorative dental treatments that can be used tobring your jaw back into alignment.

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Book a consultation with your Edmonton dentist to discuss your TMJ disorder. Together, you will be able to correctly diagnose the source of your disorder, find treatment alternatives, and finally get the relief that you seek.

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