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Teeth Grinding – Treat it Early! Scottsdale Dentist

Teeth grinding and biting habits can generate up to thirty times the forces of normal use of your teeth. If continued for a long time, significant damage to teeth, supporting gums and bone can occur.

Occlusal trauma, meaning injury from the bite, can injure and inflame the jaw joints leading to feelings of soreness, swelling and even dysfunction. You may hear the word “bruxism” from your Scottsdale dentist as well, which means: condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. Having these habits cause the teeth to wear down at a much faster rate than the typical rate from aging. In some cases, the periodontal ligaments holding teeth in place can weaken, increasing the risk of losing teeth.

There are several ways to treat excessive biting habits, all having a goal to reduce the amount of force generated by the habit to alleviate the problems that occur as a result. A custom-made occlusal guard, often worn while sleeping, helps give your teeth a rest at night by separating your arches from making contact. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen, muscle relaxants or physical therapy can help relieve tissue soreness from occlusal trauma. Behavioral therapy and counseling may also be helpful if stress is the leading factor to unfavorable clenching, grinding, and biting habits.

A dental exam and discussion with your Scottsdale Dentist will determine if a tooth grinding habit is playing a role in your teeth and gum problems. With care, your occlusal trauma can be relieved.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding or other biting habits, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Teeth.”

Great Choices for your Oral Health – Key Tips: Scottsdale Dentist

We all want to make the best choices to keep ourselves looking young and feeling our best. There are excellent choices you can make today for your oral health that will keep your smile looking its best and lasting the test of time with consistency. This blog will go over key tips to making great choices for your oral health.

Brush your teeth at least twice daily.

Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health. Morning and evening brushing are the most recommended times for brushing. Brushing after meals or sugary drinks ensures that your teeth have less exposure to bacteria, food, and sugar!

Drink through a straw.

Drinking any beverage through a straw helps avoid the surfaces of your teeth. Avoiding your teeth with certain drinks helps prevent sugar from coating and degrading your smile. Doing this also lowers the likelihood of staining your teeth with coffee, wine, and juices.

Floss.

Flossing is the best way to ensure a full-mouth clean after brushing. Flossing reaches between your teeth and removes trapped food, plaque, and bacteria that your toothbrush and/or mouthwash cannot reach.

See your dentist.

Scheduling checkups with your dentist will keep your smile in check.

Avoid using your teeth as tools.

Using your teeth as tools for opening lids and other tasks causes damage. With the wrong job, you may chip or fracture your tooth! Take the time to use the right tools for the job, it will save your smile.

Avoid clenching and grinding.

Clenching and grinding cause irreversible damage over time. Clenching may cause teeth to crack, fracture, and chip. Also, your jaw may hurt over time due to the stress. Grinding wears down your teeth over time, actually shortening them! Most people clench and grind in their sleep, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about a night guard to prevent further damage. Read our blog about night guards and more on our blog: https://www.serenitysmiles.com/blog/2156/

Maintain a good routine!

This is the most important tip for having a healthy smile. With anything, consistency is KEY!

The Facts About Dental Implants: Scottsdale Dentist

Implants are one of the most popular dental restorations as it offers a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Compared to others treatments, such as fillings, crowns, and root canals, implants last the longest. Below are FACTS about dental implants.

  • Our implants are titanium

    • Our Serenity Smiles implants are made of titanium which binds to your bone through something called “osseointegration.” Titanium has proved to be the best material for dental implants and is a permanent solution to replace missing teeth or secure loose dentures.
  • Implants stimulate your bone

    • Stimulating your jaw bones effectively prevents noticeable aging effects. Dental implants keep your bone stimulated so it does not die or decrease with missing teeth or as you age. Looks of a “sunken face,” or decreased jawline are due to lack of bone to fill the face. You can learn more about facial aging at https://www.livescience.com/35332-face-bones-aging-110104.html.
  • Implants are delivered to you in 3 unique components:

  • Implants can secure dentures

    • If you already have dentures or have treatment pending for dentures, implants placed on both the upper and lower arches of your mouth to secure them in place! Also, implant-retained dentures improve the taste delicious foods because the palate is exposed, unlike with traditional dentures.
  • Over 3 million people have dental implants in the US

  • Implants are the closest restoration to a natural tooth

    • Implants stimulate bone just like your natural tooth root does, so it is the closest feeling match to a natural tooth.

A lot of prepping and planning happens with implants. Your dentist will require medical history and a CT scan of your jawbones to ensure that implant restorations are possible for you.

Visit https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants#1 for the benefits and insurance information on dental implants.

Read our blog https://www.serenitysmiles.com/uncategorized/dentures-vs-implants-smile-restoration/.