A Solution for Teeth Grinding and Why It’s Important for Your Dental Health

Pain is often a reminder that something’s not right. For example, you want to awaken from a night’s sleep and not consistently feel a headache or jaw pain.

Those are common symptoms of teeth grinding and more specifically “night-grinding.” The technical term is bruxism.

There are other issues that result from this oral health condition. In addition to the pain teeth grinding can cause damaging wear to your teeth and any dental treatment you’ve received such as veneers or dental crowns.

The main issue

Tooth wear that occurs can complicate your dental health. A night guard can treat bruxism or teeth grinding.

Your teeth are designed to fit together for effective biting, chewing, and smiling. Any wear can affect your tooth alignment and lead to the need for more costly dental treatment.

Cavities, decay, and teeth sensitivity can develop also. Tooth wear caused by grinding can create cracks that make your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria growth.

And there’s that noise associated with teeth grinding too…

How a night guard works

A night guard is custom fitted to your mouth and bite alignment. It’s professional design uses a soft material that fits perfectly over an arch or row of your teeth.

Your night guard prevents your upper and lower teeth from making contact during sleep. This eliminates wear, creates proper alignment, and produces a more restful sleep.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your tooth wear and head or jaw pain. Schedule a dental examination to discuss teeth grinding and how a night guard can help.

What is a Full Mouth Restoration and When Should You Consider It?

It might be missing teeth. Or it could be a combination of dental problems that starts with tooth loss, trauma, or tooth damage.

One dental problem can “domino” into another. That’s why it’s a good idea to “push-pause” and consider your restorative and cosmetic dentistry options before your problems worsen.

A full mouth restoration or reconstruction improves your dental health and transforms your appearance. It’s the perfect combination of dentistry to restore your teeth and gums to their proper function.

Eliminate the domino effect”

Full mouth reconstruction uses restorative and cosmetic dental procedures. The combined treatments restore how your teeth look along with their function.

A single broken or damaged tooth can set in motion a domino-like effect in your mouth. Bite issues, difficulty chewing, tooth wear, and neck and jaw pain can result.

It starts with common neglect or a dental trauma. A full mouth restoration provides you options if you’re experiencing a variety of dental issues including:

  • Broken, chipped, or worn teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Chronic jaw pain or a clicking sound in you jaw joint
  • Neck or head pain

Any of these is a good reason to ask about a combination of dental procedures to give you relief and restore your oral health and function.

Trust the combined efforts of a few

Your full mouth reconstruction will be custom-designed to your specific tooth, gum, and mouth issues. An oral examination will determine the precise treatment combo that will restore your function and appearance.

Your “team” of full mouth reconstruction procedures can include:

  • Tooth fillings, dental crowns, and dental inlays and onlays for areas of decay
  • Root canal treatment for removing infection and saving your tooth
  • Scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar build-up
  • Orthodontics to improve and align your bite
  • A mouth guard or night guard to eliminate tooth wear
  • Veneers, dental bonding, or teeth whitening to transform the look of your teeth
  • Dental implants or a dental bridge to restore your missing tooth or teeth

Your full mouth restoration can be completed in phases according to your thorough treatment plan. The overall treatment period can be as much as a year depending on your goals and restorative needs.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your dental health problems or goals. Schedule an oral examination to discuss a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments including a full mouth restoration.

How Fluoride Protects and Strengthens Your Teeth

Can you get enough of a good thing? It depends on what you have in mind. Protecting your teeth would fall in that category. And more specifically the use of fluoride.

It’s true that an amount is present in the water you drink. But the health effects are lacking for the purposes of tooth protection.

Strength for the assault

Your teeth and gums face an ongoing attack. The foods and beverages you enjoy do more than satisfy your taste and thirst.

It’s the secondary impact of your diet that causes concern. Foods and beverages produce acid that over time can break down the protective enamel on your tooth surfaces.

Weakened enamel can make you more vulnerable to tooth decay. And once decay occurs your teeth and gums are at risk for additional and costly dental treatment.

Fluoride strengthens your teeth against the assault on their protective enamel. It guards your tooth surfaces and prevents the acids from penetrating your enamel.

The areas of your teeth that have been weakened can also benefit from fluoride. This is also vital for your child’s early tooth development.

Your kids will thank you

The tooth development years set your child up for good oral health. Fluoride is beneficial to you and your family at each stage of tooth development and for your ongoing oral health.

Fluoride is useful and effective if…

  • You have frequent dental cavities
  • You deal with gum disease
  • You have been treated with dental braces, dental crowns, a dental bridge, or have recently had teeth whitening
  • You experience dry mouth

Contact our Roswell dental office about protecting you and your family’s teeth with fluoride. Ask about a fluoride application during your next dental examination and teeth cleaning.

What is a Bone Graft and Why It Could Be Essential to Your Dental Implant Treatment

Dental implants are a superior solution for tooth loss. They last, provide security, and stimulate the health of your gum and bone tissue.

Like any treatment, there’s a downside. But it has nothing to do with the implant itself.

What’s lacking and where?

Your dental implant is a strong, secure treatment. One achilles-heel is that it relies on healthy and adequate bone tissue.

If you lack those…your implant can fail.

Dental implant-101 reveals that a dental implant is only as secure as the bone and gum tissue that holds it. When tissue is weak, unhealthy, or lacking you will require assistance.

There’s a solution for that

A bone graft provides additional support at the location in your jawbone where your implant will be placed. The tissue used will adapt to the implant just as your available bone tissue would.

Bone used in the graft can be obtained from a variety of places. Your body can supply it from your chin or another portion of your lower jaw.

Other sources can be used as well if your bone tissue is not capable of being used. Human cadaver, cows, and other synthetic resources can provide the necessary tissue for your bone graft.

The bone graft procedure is provided in our dental office. A local anesthesia is used to help assure your comfort.

If a larger amount of bone tissue is required for your implant treatment the graft can be conducted off-site. You will be informed about this and given the opportunity to ask any related questions about the procedure.

The bone graft will be allowed to fuse and adapt to your available tissue at the implant location. A healing period can last up to six months prior to implant placement depending on your condition.

We help assure that your bone graft procedure is comfortable. The long term benefit is a healthy, secure dental implant following this step in the process.

Contact our Roswell dental office about dental implant treatment for tooth loss. Ask about all the details related to implant placement including a bone graft.