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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....
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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....
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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....
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Do Bony Growths in Your Mouth Need to Come Out?
8/24/2020
Reasons for Single-Sided Jaw Pain
8/10/2020
How Jaw Support Could Reduce TMJ Pain
7/23/2020
Understanding How a Palate Defect Can Alter Your Mouth
7/7/2020
Procedures That Can Make a Total Mouth Makeover More Successful
6/22/2020
Foods That Can Trigger More TMJ Pain
6/8/2020
Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us
5/29/2020
Signs You May Need to Have a Sinus Lift
5/15/2020
Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak?
4/25/2020
Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer
4/15/2020
TMD Could Lead to Anxiety - Let Us Help
3/25/2020
Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During Sports
3/15/2020
Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
2/29/2020
Could a Custom Mouthguard Help Protect Your Teeth?
2/15/2020
Types of Dental Surgery Most People Need at Some Point
1/25/2020
Some Teeth Need Splitting to Extract Them Properly
1/15/2020
All-on-4 Dentures Could Last the Rest of Your Life
12/25/2019
How an Abscess Can Turn Into Ludwig's Angina
12/15/2019
Can Stained Veneers Be Repaired Without Getting New Veneers?
11/25/2019
How Long Does Typical Dental Implant Placement Recovery Take?
11/15/2019
In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery
10/25/2019
How Our Oral Surgeons Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
10/15/2019
Ways of Keeping Your Jaw Bone Strong Enough for Dental Implant Surgery
9/25/2019
Types of Jaw Pain to Be Aware Of
9/15/2019
Things to Do to Minimize the Chances of Implant Rejection
8/25/2019
Some Bleeding is Normal After Oral Surgery, But How Much is Some?
8/15/2019
What to Expect During the Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
7/23/2019
How Implantology Can Improve Your Oral Health
7/13/2019
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How Oral Piercings Are Commonly Damaging the Mouth
6/15/2019
Sleep Apnea Needs Treatment to Reduce the Effects and Dangers
5/25/2019
Signs Your Impacted Tooth Needs to Come Out
5/15/2019
How an Oral Appliance Can Improve Apnea Symptoms
4/25/2019
Following an Automobile Accident, We Should Examine Your Mouth
4/15/2019
Why Dental Emergencies Are Something We Often Treat
3/25/2019
Which Vitamins Should You Try and Get from Food During Oral Surgery Recovery?
3/15/2019
If You Have Temporary Implants, Does That Change What You Are Allowed to Eat?
2/25/2019
How Using Sedation When You Come See Us Can Boost Your Oral Health
2/15/2019
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
1/25/2019
Recovering from an Apicoectomy
1/15/2019
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
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Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
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9/13/2018
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
8/30/2018
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Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
7/10/2018
How An Oral Surgeon May Become Necessary for Someone with Bruxism
6/23/2018
Dangers Associated with New Oral Piercings
6/13/2018
How an Oral Surgeon Can Repair a Torn Lip
5/23/2018
Can an Oral Surgeon Help Your Dentures Fit Better?
5/13/2018
Surgical Options for TMD Pain
4/23/2018
Is Facial Reconstruction Something to Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon?
4/13/2018
Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
3/20/2018
Does What You Drink Prior to Oral Surgery Really Matter?
3/10/2018
Take Notes When You Experience Pain so You Can Talk to Your Oral Surgeon About It
2/25/2018
How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
2/15/2018
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Prone to Breaking
1/27/2018
Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
1/17/2018
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
12/30/2017
Most Nutritious Foods for the First Few Days after Oral Surgery
12/20/2017
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