You Have TMJ

You-Have-TMJYup – you heard us right.  We are officially diagnosing you with a TMJ, but it’s nothing to be concerned about!  It’s a common misconception that TMJ means you are having jaw problems, when in actuality the ‘J’ only stands for joint.  Everyone has joints in the their jaw!  So you may be off the hook!  it actually doesn’t become a problem until you are diagnosed with TMD which stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

According to WebMD, your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear.  It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

Temporomandibular disorders can have many different signs and symptoms, from mild to severe. Some patients may have symptoms but are still able to function fully.  TMDs appear to be more common in women.

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Mouthguards Now Used to Track Head Impact

ATTENTION ATHLETES!  It’s getting to be mouthguard season again!  Exactly one year ago, we told you Why Your Child Needs a Mouthguard and now we have more to report!  Mouth protection is still just as important as shoulder pads and shin guards when it comes to your sports body armor.  Mouthguards are a great way to help prevent damaged teeth and nerves and possibly even losing a tooth! But what if you could do even more with your mouthguard and actually track the intensity of each hit on the field?!  Well now you can!

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The 411 on Dental X-rays

We often get asked about why we take X-rays or encounter people worried due to the radiation risk.  Let us reassure you why we take them.  X-rays are a necessary part of good patient care.  Since we can see only about one-third of the actual tooth, X-rays provide valuable information that we cannot visualize otherwise.  I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t feel comfortable if your dentist had a blindfold on, now would you?  To help put it in perspective as to WHY dental X-rays are so important: Continue Reading…

What is With Those Pesky Wisdom Teeth?

Unfortunately, most of us will be getting wisdom teeth in our teens and early 20’s and about 95% of us will need them removed due to lack of space in our mouth. Usually they need to be removed because they are positioned incorrectly and cause problems within our jaws and push against other teeth.  A lot of the time they partially come in with just a portion poking through the gum tissue which can hold onto bacteria and cause an infection.

Pesky-Wisdom-TeethCan we hold onto our wisdom teeth?  Continue Reading…