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Woman with TMJ Pain

TMJ Symptoms

Know the Warning Signs! TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the connecting joint between the jawbone and skull. When muscles, jawbone, and teeth all operate properly, biting and chewing is coordinated to be smooth and pain-free. Sometimes, however, things can get “out of whack.” When teeth don’t line up properly in the upper or […]

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Dental Bridge

Crowns & Bridges: How They Work

A missing tooth is more than just a hindrance to normal chewing, and more than a cosmetic bother. It’s a threat to the entire architecture of your mouth. The mouth is dynamic. Where there is a missing tooth, neighboring teeth drift, gum disease may crop up, even the unprotected bone ridge is susceptible to damage. […]

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Woman Getting a Dental Checkup

“Is it a Cavity?”

Or something else… While most people think a toothache automatically means a cavity (or the need for a root canal), several other conditions can also cause temperature sensitivity, pain during chewing, and other symptoms typically associated with a toothache. Here are some of those causes: Gum Recession. When patients experience gum recession (which can be […]

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Man Drinking a Glass of Water

Do You Have Dry Mouth?

Dehydration and Dry Mouth can Affect Oral Health If you only occasionally find yourself with a dry mouth, then it’s probably nothing to worry about. It’s just a natural sign of being thirsty. However, if lack of saliva flow becomes a chronic condition, then it can become a dental issue. That’s because saliva has an […]

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Inlay Onlay Crown

Inlays, Onlays, & Crowns

What is the difference between Inlays, Onlays, and Crowns? They all strengthen and repair a damaged tooth, but generally the type of restoration we use is determined by the extent of the damage. Inlays – Inlays are used when a cavity has grown too big to be treated with a traditional filling. Made of porcelain […]

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Middle-Aged Couple Smiling

Oral Health Over 40

Common Problems in Mouths Over 40 Some oral health problems occur more frequently with age. Here, we list some of the most common and what can be done about them: Dry Mouth It’s one of the most common problems associated with the older mouth. First, make sure you are staying properly hydrated, especially if exercising […]

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Checking for Bad Breath

Analyzing Bad Breath

Bad breath (or halitosis) happens to all of us from time to time, and nobody likes it. As well as being a social embarrassment, bad breath can also be a warning sign of more serious dental problems. By analyzing the type of bad breath patients complain of, we can help determine its cause. What Causes […]

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Teeth Inspection Mirror

Cavities without Pain?

If It Ain’t Broke, Why Fix It? Patients are sometimes surprised when they have a cavity or two and wonder, “How can I need a filling when I haven’t been in any pain?” Unfortunately this is common because cavities often don’t give any warning signs at all. Teeth can become extremely broken down and even […]

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Tooth Trauma

Tooth Trauma

Who’s at Risk for Tooth Trauma? Accidents can happen at any time, but being aware of especially high-risk activities can encourage us to take the proper precautions and help avoid tooth trauma. The greatest number of injuries to teeth occur in children between ages 1 to 2 and 7 to 10. The first age group […]

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