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 Treating TMJ

Treating TMJ

by Stephanie Meadows
The Temporomandibular joint, also known as your jaw joint or TMJ, is one of the most complex joints in the body, as it is controlled by a structure of muscles, ligaments, and soft tissue. The temporomandibular joints along with your jaw muscles make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. The human jaw is very powerful, able to exert anywhere from 170 to 275 pounds of pressure! When you experience jaw pain or movement, it may not be properly aligned.

Difference Between Dentures and Partials

Difference Between Dentures and Partials

by Yenny (SU)
Many people are familiar with dentures, although they may be less familiar with recent advances in dental technology that allow more people than ever to eat, smile and laugh again with a full set of lovely, natural looking, fully functional teeth. Dentures are a form of artificial teeth that may come as a full set, or a partial. This helps patients who have lost teeth due to gum disease, accident, or dental decay. The main difference between a partial and a full denture is the number of teeth that are replaced by the dental prosthetic. Partial dentures fit between the remaining teeth while full dentures replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth.

How a Dentist Can Save Your Life: Oral Cancer

How a Dentist Can Save Your Life: Oral Cancer

by Stephanie Meadows
Regular dental checkups can pay off in various ways. For example, dentists can spot signs of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, along with a variety of rare skin and autoimmune diseases. Since people typically visit their dentists more often than they visit other doctors (normally at least 1-2 times per year), regular check-ups can lead to early diagnosis and early treatment. All of which means that your dentist can do much more than save your teeth and gums. Your dentist can save your life in more ways than one.

Odd Reasons You Might Want to See Your Dentist: Mouth Guards and Snoring

Odd Reasons You Might Want to See Your Dentist: Mouth Guards and Snoring

by Stephanie Meadows
Are you zoning out or daydreaming at work? Having trouble concentrating? Are you waking up frequently during the night? Do you often get sleepy, or even fall asleep when you shouldn’t? A sleep specialist is the number one person you may think of going to for help, but your dentist could be the one you need to turn to. You are thinking, how can my dentist help with sleep? The answer might surprise you, because some sleep conditions can be related to how your jaw and bite affect breathing.

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