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Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Before we answer this question, we should probably define orofacial pain. Orofacial pain is pain that is felt in the head and/or neck region. There are many causes of orofacial pain and the type of pain you may feel is quite diverse. You could just have headaches, earaches, tooth pain or neck pain, but you could also feel sensations like stabbing pain or burning pain. You could even experience jaw pain. All of these things come under the umbrella of orofacial pain. If you have this type of pain it may be accompanied by other symptoms. These would include ringing of the ears, dizziness, itching that you can't explain, or tingling feelings in your head or neck area. Orofacial pain could have a vascular, skeletal or nerve source. So What Do I Do? The good news is that many of the more common causes of orofacial pain are dental related and may be able to be treated by us. Some of the causes of orofacial pain are Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ), Burning mouth syndrome, sleep disorders, and some traumas. There are other causes of this type of pain, but the other causes are best treated by your physician. We are experienced in treating temporomandibular joint pain. This a rather common condition and also one of the common causes of orofacial pain. Temporomandibular joint disorder goes hand in hand with sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are commonly expressed by grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep. They are also closely related to snoring or sleep apnea, two symptoms which are typically the tip-off that you have a problem. These conditions can be treated by creating a mouth guard, custom fit for your teeth and mouth, that you wear at night. This prevents side to side movement and though it doesn't prevent clenching your teeth, it does absorb the stress you put on your teeth and jaws by clenching. If you have burning mouth syndrome, we may be able to help, depending on the cause. If we can't help, we should at least be able to rule out some of the causes for burning mouth syndrome. Fixing it may be as simple as changing a medication, but it can also be an indicator that you have diabetes or a fungal infection. It also can relate to decreased saliva production. If you have pain in your facial region call us. We may be able to help you, but if we can't, we can let your physician know what we have been able to rule out as a cause. That will help your doctor find the cause more quickly....

Signs You May Need to Have a Sinus Lift

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
While some people call it a sinus augmentation, patients undergo a sinus lift so that they can have additional bone added to the area on top of their upper teeth. Your maxillary sinuses are located on top of your upper teeth and behind your cheeks. Sinuses are usually empty, filled with air. For proper support, the roots of the upper teeth often extend into the maxillary sinuses. When you remove these teeth, the only thing remaining is a thin bone between the mouth and the maxillary sinuses. For people who want any form of dental implants, this bone is quite crucial since they get their support from the said bone. As such, when the sinus wall is too thin, placing an implant becomes problematic since the implants need something stronger to gain proper support. What Are The Signs You May Need A Sinus Lift? You might need a sinus lift If you have lost your upper teeth and don't have enough bone to secure the implants, then a sinus lift is necessary. Once the new bone is available, then securing the dental implants becomes an easy job. Also, if you had Periodontal gum disease, then it's highly likely that you also lost bone and teeth in the jaw area. If you need to replace them, a sinus lift might be necessary. A sinus lift might also be necessary where your sinus is too close to the upper jaw for implants to be placed safely. Moving the sinus up should give us the necessary space to secure the implants and avoid any future sinus problems. If you've had teeth that are missing due to a certain condition or even a birth defect, then this lift could do you a lot of good. For a dental implant to be strong and long-lasting, the quantity and quality of the jaw bone are crucial. As such, if there is any bone loss due to periodontal disease or injury, then a sinus lift is necessary. Basically, what happens here is that the sinus floor is lifted and held in place, therefore, allowing for new bone to form in the space left. This new bone, then becomes the foundation of any dental implants. If you think you need a sinus lift, you are always welcome to our facility. We'll take great care of you and provide you with the best smile....

Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak?

Posted on 4/25/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
You may have recently sat down for dinner and noticed a little clicking sound every time you chewed your food. You may have also noticed this sound when speaking of yawning as well. This may be a sign of temporomandibular disorder or TMD. TMD is a disorder that affects how the jaw functions. It can be quite painful, and you might not know how to deal with it. However, we are here to help you. Clicking or pooping in your jaw isn't always an indication of TMD, so it's important to look out for other signs of it. If you wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, it's possible you may have TMD. The pain in your jaw comes from clenching your teeth at night. This constant clenching puts pressure on your jaw muscle and can weaken it over time. In some cases, it's possible to lose cartilage in your jaw socket which may cause the clicking you hear.Signs Of TMDAnother sign of TMD to be aware of is swelling in the face. When the muscle that controls your jaw is put under constant pressure, it becomes irritated and swells. Imagine working out your arms all day long. They would be pretty sore by the end of the day, and you probably wouldn't even be able to lift them above your head. One more sign of TMD is occasional locking of the jaw. Have you ever been eating, and your jaw just won't close or open? This is a sign of serious TMD and indicates that your jaw muscle has been severely damaged. TMD only gets worse over time, so please contact if you're worried about it. We can help cure your TMD so that you won't have to suffer any longer....

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Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us
Signs You May Need to Have a Sinus Lift
Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak?
Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer
TMD Could Lead to Anxiety - Let Us Help
Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During Sports
Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Could a Custom Mouthguard Help Protect Your Teeth?
Types of Dental Surgery Most People Need at Some Point
Some Teeth Need Splitting to Extract Them Properly
All-on-4 Dentures Could Last the Rest of Your Life
How an Abscess Can Turn Into Ludwig's Angina
Can Stained Veneers Be Repaired Without Getting New Veneers?
How Long Does Typical Dental Implant Placement Recovery Take?
In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery
How Our Oral Surgeons Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
Ways of Keeping Your Jaw Bone Strong Enough for Dental Implant Surgery
Types of Jaw Pain to Be Aware Of
Things to Do to Minimize the Chances of Implant Rejection
Some Bleeding is Normal After Oral Surgery, But How Much is Some?
What to Expect During the Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
How Implantology Can Improve Your Oral Health
Why Do Teeth Require Splitting During Extractions?
How Oral Piercings Are Commonly Damaging the Mouth
Sleep Apnea Needs Treatment to Reduce the Effects and Dangers
Signs Your Impacted Tooth Needs to Come Out
How an Oral Appliance Can Improve Apnea Symptoms
Following an Automobile Accident, We Should Examine Your Mouth
Why Dental Emergencies Are Something We Often Treat
Which Vitamins Should You Try and Get from Food During Oral Surgery Recovery?
If You Have Temporary Implants, Does That Change What You Are Allowed to Eat?
How Using Sedation When You Come See Us Can Boost Your Oral Health
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
Recovering from an Apicoectomy
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention To
What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection
Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
Are There Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea by Positioning Yourself Differently When You Sleep?
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
Why Salt Water Rinses Are Imperative to Oral Surgery Recovery Success
Do You Need to Worry About Osteonecrosis in Your Jaw?
Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
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Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
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How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
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Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
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