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Do Bony Growths in Your Mouth Need to Come Out?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Usually, if someone has bony growths in their mouth, they aren't aware that they are there and therefore don't cause any problems. However, are there times when bony growths need to be removed? We will discuss what bony growths are and the treatment options for patients who experience this. What is Exostosis? Exostosis Mouth is what we call the growth of bone within the mouth. These bony growths can be found on the maxilla (upper jaw) or the mandible (lower jaw). When bony growths are found, they don't often require any treatment at all. The two most common types of bony overgrowths are Torus Palatinus and Torus Mandibularis. TP is when there is nodular growth in the midline of the hard palate or the roof of the mouth. TM, on the other hand, is when growth is found in the lingual area of the floor of the mouth. Complications with Bony Growth While these don't often cause issues, they have been linked to mild inflammation in the jaw. It is thought that this mild inflammation is a result of tooth grinding or clenching, because of the increased function of the jaw. When someone uses their jaw too much, it can create some inflammation, which may potentially lead to TMD. Bony growths rarely cause problems, but they do if they grow large enough that they interfere with the normal function of the mouth. If the growths get large enough, they may lead to speaking issues or interfere with the placement of dentures. If a patient requires their bony growths to be removed, this can be done by an oral surgeon under local anesthesia. The procedure is simple and carried out by lifting the soft tissue to expose the growth. The bone overgrowth is then trimmed down, and the soft tissue is sutured in place. If you are concerned about bony growths, you may want to book a consultation with one of our team. Call our office today to speak with one of our team about scheduling an appointment....

Reasons for Single-Sided Jaw Pain

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
If you are experiencing the sudden onset of jaw pain, but only one the one side, it usually isn't anything too serious. There could be several causes of one-sided jaw pain and in this article, we will talk through some of the main causes. Common Reasons Why You're Having One-Sided Jaw Pain If you have some dental health problems such as a cavity, infection, gum disease, decay, or wisdom teeth growing in, this could be the cause of your pain. Tooth grinding and misaligned teeth may also cause one-sided jaw pain. In addition to these dental problems, you may also suffer from sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, toothache, and pain when eating. TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorders) may also cause jaw pain. TMJ disorders can affect the joint that connects the jaw and skull. If the disc that separates the bones suddenly gets damaged, this can be causing pain on either one or both sides of the jaw. If you think that you may be suffering from TMJ disorders, you may experience jaw tenderness, earache, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, and jaw clicking. Lastly, sinusitis can also cause one-sided jaw pain. When you have a cold or your allergies are flaring up, this causes inflammation within your nasal cavity. When this happens, this can be a direct cause of jaw pain in one or both sides. Other symptoms of sinusitis are yellow or green mucus, feeling congested, facial pain or swelling, and no smell or taste. If you are suffering from sinusitis, this often clears on its own and requires no medical assistance. However, it persists then you may need to seek medical help. How to Treat Single-Sided Jaw Pain If your jaw pain is mild or caused by temporary issues, it will eventually clear up by itself. You may not need any professional medical treatment. While waiting for the pain to clear up, you should use heat to help relax the muscles and ease aches. Cold compresses are also great for helping to numb the pain. If you sleep in the same position, try switching onto the opposite side to see if this improves your one-sided jaw pain. However, if nothing is working it may be time to see your doctor. When to Seek Medical Help Single-sided jaw pain isn't always something to be concerned about. However, it may require treatment is it carries on. You should schedule an appointment with our team if your pain continues for a few days or longer and if you are having trouble eating or breathing. You should also schedule a dental check-up if you have a fever, any swelling, or finding it difficult to move your mouth. Contact our office today to book a consultation with one of our team....

How Jaw Support Could Reduce TMJ Pain

Posted on 7/23/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
When it comes to suffering with the symptoms and effects of TMJ, most dental patients are willing to try just about anything to find even the slightest bit of relief. That is because this can be one of the most painful oral conditions that exists, due to the fact the area which is most affected contains some of the deepest and highly sensitive nerves in the body. Many patients often describe their pain as crippling. But what many times surprises these folks is that sometimes the simplest techniques and devices can offer some of the greatest relief. For the purpose of this post, we want to take a few moments to discuss a few of the possible benefits to using a jaw support device such us a mouthguard or other similar dental appliance which we may even be able to custom fit to your specific mold. Reduction in Stress on the Muscles These mouthpieces can do wonders for several symptoms associated with TMJ, but we want to focus mainly on how it reduces the pressure on the muscles, allowing the patient to relax their jaws and ease up on clenching. When the mouthguard is in, it prevents teeth on teeth contact and impactful tension. Prevention of Night Grinding Since most people who grind their teeth while they sleep may not even realize it, except for the fact that they wake up in pain the next morning, wearing one of these pieces to bed can drastically reduce the occurrence of bruxism while they slumber. If you think that jaw support might be beneficial to you in your battle with TMJ, then stop by our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members. You can also just give us a call if it is more convenient for you....

All Posts:
Do Bony Growths in Your Mouth Need to Come Out?
Reasons for Single-Sided Jaw Pain
How Jaw Support Could Reduce TMJ Pain
Understanding How a Palate Defect Can Alter Your Mouth
Procedures That Can Make a Total Mouth Makeover More Successful
Foods That Can Trigger More TMJ Pain
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
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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
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What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
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How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
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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
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Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
How An Oral Surgeon May Become Necessary for Someone with Bruxism
Dangers Associated with New Oral Piercings
How an Oral Surgeon Can Repair a Torn Lip
Can an Oral Surgeon Help Your Dentures Fit Better?
Surgical Options for TMD Pain
Is Facial Reconstruction Something to Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon?
Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
Does What You Drink Prior to Oral Surgery Really Matter?
Take Notes When You Experience Pain so You Can Talk to Your Oral Surgeon About It
How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Prone to Breaking
Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
Most Nutritious Foods for the First Few Days after Oral Surgery
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