20Feb

Cavities and gum disease aren’t the only threats to oral health. Many patients suffer for years with TMJ disorder before realizing that there is a name for what they’re going through, and treatments available!

That is why our West Bloomfield TMJ dentists have put together this short overview of common TMJ-related problems. We hope that this information empowers you to seek treatment for jaw problems as they occur.

Your temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. When these joints are damaged or inflamed, you may notice:

  • A clicking/popping sensation when you move your lower jaw—this can happen as you chew or as you speak. It may come and go, seemingly randomly.
  • Jaw/neck pain—this pain can also manifest as chronic headaches. You may find that the pain radiates up to your ears or down through your arm. Some patients also report a tingling or numb sensation.
  • Bite misalignment—TMJ problems can actually change how you bite and chew. This occurs because your body instinctually alters the way your teeth come together in order to avoid discomfort. If it seems like your bite is different, or you’re chewing unevenly, this may be due to TMJ disorder.
  • Limited jaw mobility—over time you may find that it becomes more difficult to open your mouth all of the way, or to move your jaw from side to side. Some TMJ sufferers feel like their jaws “lock” in certain positions. This is a clear indication that you should schedule a TMJ assessment.
  • Bruxism—chronic dental grinding/clenching is often related to temporomandibular joint damage.

There are effective and patient-friendly TMJ treatments available to help you regain a healthy, balanced smile. Give our West Bloomfield TMJ dentists a call to learn more, and to schedule a personal consultation. Don’t wait to get the care you need; prompt treatment is key!

06Feb

Tooth loss can completely devastate a patient’s smile—aesthetically and functionally. The good news is that there are treatment options available to help you restore and rebuild your smile in a timely manner.

Our West Bloomfield dental implant dentists use the latest dental technologies to rebuild missing teeth from the foundation up. Keep reading to learn more about how dental implants work.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth that are permanently grounded in the patient’s jawbone. Every dental implant has a titanium screw or post that effectively replaces the missing tooth root. Over time, this titanium root actually bonds with the natural jawbone tissue around it.

What do dental implants look like?

The visible portion of your replacement tooth will be shaped, sized, and shaded to look just like your natural teeth. Once treatment is complete, and your implant is in place, it will blend in with your smile.

How do I care for a dental implant?

Because your dental implant stays permanently in place, you’ll care for it much as you care for your natural teeth. You can brush, floss, and use mouthwash normally. You’ll also need to keep up with your dentist-recommended schedule of professional cleanings. Beyond that, you’ll find that dental implants do not alter your daily routine at all.

There are a number of different types of dental implants available today, including mini implants and implant-stabilized dentures. When you meet with our dental team, we’ll assess your smile to determine which type of treatment is best for you.

The best way to get started is to schedule a consultation with our West Bloomfield dental team. You can always give us a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site. We look forward to working with you, and helping you achieve a whole and healthy smile again!