An Overview Of TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, commonly called TMJ disorder, affects the jaw joint and the muscles controlling the jaw movement. A network of muscles, bones and ligaments work with joints on each side of the head, by your ear. They connect your lower jaw (mandible) to your skull (temporal bone), allowing you to open and…

Is a Dental Implant Right for You?

A dental implant is a surgical component used to support a prosthesis. It’s an extremely popular and effective way to replace a missing tooth or a damaged tooth that can’t ultimately be saved. If you have healthy gums and an adequate amount of bone, a post can first be implanted into your jaw. After the post has…

What Are ClearCorrect Aligners?

ClearCorrect aligners are similar to traditional braces, in functionality because they are a product that will help straighten one’s teeth and correct overbite or underbite issues. They also, like braces, give a person the confidence they need to show off a new smile. Cosmetically though, ClearCorrect aligners differ greatly from conventional braces in that they are able to…

Nightguards: Protecting Your Smile While You Sleep

Even while asleep, our bodies are still very busy.  We rest and recover while our busy minds dream and plan for a new day.  We may not realize it, but our mouths are often busy as well.  Stress, anxiety, and or even simple habit may result in unintentional teeth grinding and clenching as we sleep.…

Get a Movie Star Smile with Dental Veneers

In the past, only movie stars felt concerned with how their teeth appeared to others. People without a highly public position figured they just had to live with less-than-perfect teeth. Today, dental veneers are available to anyone and they can disguise a wide range of cosmetic issues. The most common ones include: A large gap…

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Your temporomandibular joints allow you to open and close your mouth, speak, chew, and swallow. They connect your lower jaw and skull together and are located by the front of each ear. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder) can occur for the following reasons: Unrelenting stress Trauma to the jaw Arthritis Grinding and clenching of teeth…

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

The most popular procedures in dentistry with patients and professionals alike are cosmetic dentistry procedures. In fact, the largest dental organization in the world is the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. With over 6,000 members, this organization includes dentists, technicians, researchers, hygienists and other dental professionals. But what exactly is cosmetic dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving dental…

What is the Procedure for Dental Implants?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants mimic the natural teeth in a way that no other prosthetic can do. That is because Dr. James Phelan completes a surgical procedure that provides you with artificial roots to hold your replacement teeth in place. This consists of a titanium cylinder that he screws into…

7 Important Questions to Ask Your New Cosmetic Dentist

7 Important Questions to Ask Your New Cosmetic Dentist cosmetic dentist Have you ever visited a new dentist and felt intimidated to ask questions? After all, you’re “just” the patient and they’re the professional… right? Wrong. The notion that you shouldn’t (or can’t) ask any question you want to your dentist – or any other medical…

Do I Really Need a Night Guard?

If you’re experiencing tooth or jaw pain accompanied by headaches, you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep. This can lead to significant problems, such as the wearing away of enamel. When your enamel wears away, you have less protection, and your teeth become more sensitive. Toothaches, cavities, and other damage can result. You…