What You Should Know if You Need Root Canal Treatment

What You Should Know if You Need Root Canal Treatment

The need for root canal treatment can mean many things, but the most important is that your tooth is likely in serious trouble. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal treatment is designed to address severe tooth decay, particularly when it reaches the inner pulp chamber of your tooth. The good news is that the procedure is highly successful and, in many cases, minimally invasive. However, if the need for root canal treatment arises, then there are several things you should know about what it may mean for your oral health.

Different Ways a Dental Crown Can Fix Your Smile

The most effective tooth restorations are those that not only immediately fix your tooth, but also protect it from becoming more damaged or infected over time. In many cases, the most effective solution to accomplish both is a custom-designed dental crown. Today, dental crowns can fix your smile in a variety of different ways, from improving a tooth’s appearance to restoring and protecting it’s damaged structure. Even if you’ve lost a tooth or need to have one extracted, a dental crown may be able to restore your smile by replacing it.

Why Are Cavities So Common?

With the advancement of modern dental treatments and technology, even the most destructive dental health issues can often be prevented or stopped in their tracks, before they cause extensive tooth damage.  For instance, cavities are the most common dental issue, and when left untreated, they can lead to severe infection throughout your tooth’s structure. Fortunately, cavities can also be easily prevented or treated in their early stages, making them significantly less of a threat to your dental health than they have to be.

Can a Dental Laser Help You Stop Snoring?

It may take a while before you realize that your snoring habit is more than a habit. Without a professional assessment, you might also fail to recognize the effects it can have on your overall health and wellbeing. For many patients, snoring is the result of an airway that is partially blocked by oversized or over-relaxed mouth and throat tissues. In some cases, a custom-designed oral appliance can help prevent this blockage and alleviate the symptoms of snoring. However, for patients who wish for a more permanent and comfortable solution, we can often cure the cause of snoring with our advanced, soft-tissue NightLase® laser treatment.

What You Should Know if Your Jaw Pops

A popping knee, elbow, or knuckle isn’t usually something that you should worry too much about. Likewise, you might not take much notice when your jaw pops or clicks as you open and close it. However, unlike a knee or elbow, a popping jaw could indicate serious problem, such as a bite imbalance that’s forcing your jaw out of alignment. Today, we look at what a popping jaw could indicate, and why personalized treatment might be necessary to restore your bite’s proper function.

Don’t Ignore Bite Problems

When you wake up and experience a day like any other, except for the fact that you notice a bite problem, you may think to yourself that you should probably just ignore it. However, if that new sensation lingers for another day and another, it is going to be in your best interest to do something about it, rather than sweep it under the rug. Why is this the case and what should you do now? We’ve got the answers you need!

Holiday Hazards For Your Jaw!

You know that there are daily hazards that can make TMJ disorder worse than it must be, which means you are likely quite aware of your usual habits and lifestyle choices. However, you might not be fully informed regarding best practices for protecting a sore jaw over the holidays! Though the usual details still apply, of course, we think you may certainly benefit from helpful suggestions that can assist you in avoiding hazards you may completely overlook, while you’re busy having fun! (Not to fret, we will fill you in on what you’re missing).

Quiz: Migraines, Sore Jaws, And More

You have likely come to the understanding that if you’re dealing with migraines, sore jaws, and more, that it’s often all connected back to one common source: TMJ disorder. However, that doesn’t mean you have all of the answers you need regarding what’s going on, what to do about the details, and more. Then again, you may know a lot more than you realize. Get a better feel for what you know, where you could use a bit more education, and then simply call us up for a visit to improve your oral health!

Cold Weather And Sore Jaw Joints

As the temperatures continue to plummet, while winter makes its official visit to us fairly soon, you may notice that your sore jaw joints feel sorer than usual. As you may already be aware, cold weather frequently aggravates sore joints, which means you might have increased discomfort due to your TMJ disorder. The frustrating news is that nothing but the weather may be leading to the extra stiffness. The good news? We can help you.

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