Are you tired about feeling self-conscious about your teeth? Do you cover your teeth when you smile or speak? Would it be nice to have a total smile makeover and leave all the hesitation and insecurities behind?
Call us at Emerson Dental Arts so we can set up a complimentary consultation for you to review all options available to you. Together we will find a solution for you that will fit your lifestyle and budget.
What is TMJ Syndrome and how do you treat it?
You’ve probably heard of someone complaining of TMJ pain or have experienced it yourself. What is it? The TMJ joint is where the upper and lower jaws meet. Temporomandibular disorders can represent a wide array of head pain problems such as: ringing in the ears, clicking or locking of the jaw, headaches and/or pain on the sides or back of the head.
What causes TMJ pain? The New England Journal of Medicine writes: “the cause is considered multifactorial, with biologic, behavioral, environmental, social, emotional and cognitive factors alone or in combination contributing to the development of signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders.”
Whew, sounds like almost anything can cause TMJ pain. In my 30 years of experience, the most common causes are: clenching of teeth, grinding at night, some kind of traumatic injury, or oral habits like frequent gum chewing. The majority of people with TMJ symptoms are women. Some studies put the number at 90% of cases reported are from female patients. The most common TMJ problem is known as myofacial pain disorder, a neuromuscular problem of the chewing muscles characterized by a dull, aching pain around the ear that may radiate to the side or back of the head.
What are the options we can offer to treat TMJ? Some of the treatments include:
- A custom mouthguard that will prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth when you sleep
- Invisalign to move your teeth into a more balanced position and reduce stress on the joint
- Botox to relieve the spasms of the muscles used in chewing
MISSING TEETH AND OPTIONS TO REPLACE THEM
We know that if you are missing teeth it can make you self-conscious about your smile. It can also make it difficult to chew. Implants are used to replace missing teeth and can be used to replace just one or many missing teeth. Implants are a long term, natural solution to replace missing teeth. And restorations on implants feel and look like your own teeth allowing you to smile, eat and speak with confidence.
Bridges are connected crowns that can be used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are bonded to the teeth and are not removable. Whether you need a single tooth or several teeth replaced, porcelain bridges are a great solution to replace missing teeth. These teeth will feel and look like your own. And they can usually be completed in 2-3 visits.
Unlike traditional dentures, cosmetic dentures support the facial contours and help you keep a youthful appearance. These dentures use specialized techniques that regain an ideal smile and facial aesthetics. Cosmetic Dentures are also secured to eliminate any worry of slipping or shifting when eating or speaking. If you are tired with your current dentures that make you look older and fit poorly, ask us about Cosmetic Dentures. They can help you regain your confidence with a more youthful look.
BOTOX AND DERMAL FILLERS
If you have frown lines, crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines or general sagginess or flatness in areas of your face that you want to improve, Botox and Dermal Fillers can do wonders. Why would you use a dentist for these treatments? As a professional who has worked with facial aesthetics for over 30 years, Dr. Katz thoroughly understands the anatomy of the face. He can re-contour, lift and soften your face in a way that looks natural for you, not fake. Dr. Katz also is an expert with injections, so patients are amazed that the procedures are virtually painless.
If you are ready to enhance your beauty by experiencing a simple, safe, quick and painless procedure, call us today at Emerson Dental Arts.
If you or your significant other have snoring issues , we have a solution for you. It’s a snore appliance that you wear when you sleep. It works by keeping your bottom jaw in a forward position. This helps open the airway in the back of your mouth so your tissues don’t vibrate and cause the snoring sound. All we need to do to fabricate the appliance is take quick impressions of your upper and lower teeth. Many of our patients (and their significant others) who wear this appliance love it!