Why You Shouldn’t Try an OTC Nightguard for TMJ

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You might think that there’s no harm in trying an over-the-counter (OTC) nightguard to try to help with your TMJ. You might think that it’s an inexpensive way to protect your teeth and jaws from further damage, but the truth is that these bargain solutions aren’t likely to improve your TMJ and might make it worse. The Nightguard Isn’t Fitted to You TMJ treatment has to be precisely fitted to your bite. OTC nightguards are designed to fit some specific parameter that the inventor or manufacturer decided on. Sometimes they may say that they’re fitted to you, but in most cases this just means that they are boil-and-bite mouthpieces. You can heat them up to soften them, then bite into them so that they fit to your teeth. It’s similar to inexpensive sports mouthguards. Your jaw is an extremely ...

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Why Sleep Apnea Damages Dental Implants

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Dental implants are a very successful approach to replacing missing teeth. The initial success rate for dental implants is around 98%, and once they are integrated dental implants can last for a lifetime. But under some circumstances, dental implants can experience complications, and it turns out that people with sleep apnea are much more likely to experience these complications. According to a new study, people with sleep apnea are more likely to experience chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged dental implant restorations. Prosthetic Complications For this study, researchers looked at the dental records of 67 patients who took a sleep study to determine whether they had sleep apnea. Forty-nine of the patients had sleep apnea. This group of patients also had a pretty high rate of complicat ...

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How Many Restorations Will You Need in Your Smile Makeover?

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A smile makeover is a customized treatment for your smile. Everyone is different, so it’s impossible to say before a consultation how many restorations you will need in your smile makeover, but there are some issues you should consider to start getting an idea of how many restorations you will want. How Many Teeth Are Damaged? When we do your smile makeover, we will want to make sure that we’re taking care of all the teeth that are damaged. Likely, the number of damaged teeth is related to the cause of tooth damage. If your teeth are damaged from decay, you might have just one tooth that needs repair, although that tooth might need root canal therapy as well as a crown. If your smile was damaged in an accident, the damage could range from just one or two teeth to your entire smile. If your ...

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Are E-Cigarettes Better For Your Teeth?

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Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States and has been linked to a number of dangerous diseases. Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria on your teeth, but bad habits such as smoking and excess drinking have also been linked to increased risk of gum gum disease. To avoid gum disease, cancer, and other risks of smoking, many people have been putting out the cigarette and trying out e-cigarettes instead. E-cigarettes were initially marketed as a safer alternative to cigarettes because they rely on vaporized nicotine as opposed to regular smoke. However, recent studies have shown that flavorings in e-cigarettes can lead to lung disease. As if that is not bad enough, e-cigarettes may explode and have lead to face and teeth injuries including this m ...

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Dealing With Sensitive Teeth This Winter

There is nothing quite like a crisp winter morning in Colorado. The cold air hits your face and it’s like an instant pick-me-up. Although for some, once they crack a smile to greet the day and that cold air hits their teeth, their good mood is cut short by pain. Tooth sensitivity stems from exposure of the dentin, which is a soft layer underneath the enamel. There are thousands of tiny tubes in the dentin that lead to the inner nerve center of the tooth, called the pulp. Drastic changes in temperature, and sugary or acidic foods are sensed by these tubes and trigger a painful response in the pulp. Winter can be particularly brutal if you have sensitive teeth, but there are a few things that you can do to help get you through the pain and make the most of the season. Soft-Bristled Toothbrus ...

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