25
Jul

Do I Need To Extract Teeth If I’m Considering Invisalign?

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Invisalign consists of invisible aligners that are made of a thermoplastic material that was developed especially for Invisalign technology. These aligners straighten your teeth by making slight adjustments to each tooth’s position. The aligners cause your teeth to gradually shift over the course of two weeks. After two weeks, you will be fitted for new aligners and the process will repeat itself until your treatment is over. The treatment takes about a year and your dentist will map out a plan according your mouth’s needs. Because each mouth is different, your dentist may have mentioned that you require tooth extraction before starting your Invisalign procedure. What is tooth extraction? Tooth extraction refers to the removal of a tooth from the socket in the bone it rests upon. There are two types of tooth extractions. Simple extraction is a procedure done on a tooth that is visible in the mouth. For…

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11
Jul

What To Do About TMD

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TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder because it refers to afflictions of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). These joints are found on either side of the head, in front of the ears and connect the jawbone to the skull. The joints can rotate, move backward, side-to-side and forward. It lets you chew, swallow, speak and yawn, but if a problem occurs with the bone, muscle or tissues in or around the TMJ, it could lead to TMD. If you suffer from TMD there are things you can do to help relieve the pain and pressure associated with it. Medication There are over-the-counter medications you can take to reduce the swelling of the TMJ. Try nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Avoid pressure Keep your jaw movements to a minimum by avoiding chewing gum and resting your chin on your hand. Chewing gum forces you to keep your mouth…

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4
Jul

Four Ways Your Dentist Can Help Relieve Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea comes in two forms: central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Most people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which causes their breathing to become laboured and full of pauses. It can also cause loud snoring, which is problematic to anyone sleeping beside you. Sleep apnea is dangerous if left untreated; however, your dentist can help. If you’ve been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea this is how your dentist can help you correct the problem: Custom mouth devices – Your dentist can fit you for a custom device that keeps your mouth open while you sleep. Custom devices are made specific to your mouth to keep your lower jaw and tongue positioned in a way that opens your airway passages, allowing you to breath at night. Regular dental checkups – To help relieve sleep apnea, you should visit your dentist regularly for checkups. This will ensure that you are…

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