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TMD Could Lead to Anxiety - Let Us Help
Posted on 3/25/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Of all of the things that can be caused by TMD, such as headaches, difficulty chewing and swallowing, pain when talking, sensitivity to food and drinks, along with several others, most patients are quite shocked to learn that it can also lead to anxiety issues as well. Here is how TMD can cause emotional turmoil in addition to the physical toll it takes: Making an Already Stressful Situation Worse One of the other little-known things about TMD is the fact that it can actually be brought on or made worse by stress and anxiety, as opposed to it being a physical issue exclusively. For people who tend to suffer flare ups of their condition during unusually trying or difficult times (such as work problems, relationship troubles, or any other form of stress), the TMD can then turn right around and contribute to more stress and worry in the patient, basically creating a harmful cycle that just continues to fuel itself. How Reducing TMD Can HelpGetting treated for TMD is necessary even when there are no underlying issues with worry or anxiety involved. When there is the added concern of the emotional strain it is causing in addition to all of the physical problems that are normally associated with, then it becomes crucial to have a dental professional attempt to resolve the problem. Once the condition is back under control and being properly managed (or reversed) the emotional toll it takes on the patient should greatly diminish, significantly reducing the stress and anxiety that goes accompanies it. To find out if your anxiety is related to the struggles you are having with TMD, give us a call as soon as you can. We may be able to help alleviate issues that you had no idea were tied to your current dental health....

Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During Sports
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
For both youth and adults who enjoy participating in team or individual sports, the possibility of injury is always present. While most people tend to worry about issues such as brain trauma, broken bones, and damaged or torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons, one of the most overlooked risks of heavy physical activity is facial damage or trauma. This is especially true of combat sports such as boxing and martial arts, but still holds cause for concern with any sport that includes person to person contact or fast-moving projectiles such as baseballs. The purpose of this post is to help folks learn how to better prevent such occurrences. Properly Fitting Head Equipment This is the first thing to consider when trying to minimize the risk of facial trauma during a sporting practice or event. Activities such as football and lacrosse, which require full face masks, which is the best form of overall head and face protection. But other sports such as wrestling and hockey (other than the goalie) only require head protection to reduce brain trauma and do nothing to actually protect the face. While this might put the participants at a greater risk of facial injury, it also helps to reduce other risks that would come as a result of having their vision obscured by a bulky or cumbersome face mask or helmet. Mouth GuardsIn any instance, whether playing a sport that involves facial protection or not, a mouthpiece or guard used correctly is the most critical component to helping avoid or reduce the severity of facial trauma. By using one to keep the teeth and jaw in line and secure, major dental damage can be avoided even with significant impact from an object or another player. If you would like more information about how to prevent or correct facial trauma for yourself or a loved one, give our office a call and we would be glad to help you....

Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Posted on 2/29/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
For many people, emerging wisdom teeth can be a significant coming-of-age ordeal. Though usually erupting towards the later half of adolescence, they can also choose to break free as adults. Depending on how the wisdom teeth are sitting in your mouth, there can be one of two options: leave them alone or remove them. Fortunately for some, it can be a good thing to know that just because you have wisdom teeth, you do not necessarily have to have them removed. Much of this is determined by the health of your mouth and whether or not the teeth are causing you issues. When Wisdom Teeth Need To Be ExtractedDuring your first exam, there is a good chance you will receive an x-ray to determine the overall health of your mouth. If we discover you have wisdom teeth, we can check to see how well they are coming in and whether or not they could cause you problems in the future. If we notice there is a risk of impaction or issues to the surrounding teeth, there is a good chance they will need to be removed. If you are in pain and we discover it is due to your wisdom teeth causing irritation, this is another reason we may need to extract them. When Your Wisdom Teeth Can StayNot all teeth need to be removed just because they are extra and not part of the standard set. If we can see that there are no problems and are not causing you any irritation, then there is no reason to take them out. We will check to make certain, but if we detect no potential for issues, then you should be able to keep your wisdom teeth. If you are feeling any discomfort or are aware of molars coming out that you did not have before, we would be happy to check it for you. Just make an appointment with us and we can decide whether your wisdom teeth can stay or if they need to go....

All Posts:
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
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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