Jaw pain can keep you up at night and make eating and speaking painful or difficult. Our Billerica, MA, dentists, Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, discuss several common causes of jaw pain and discuss treatments that may relieve your pain.
Problems with your bite
Your bite, the way your top and bottom teeth fit together, may be the source of your pain. Bite problems can occur even if you have perfectly straight teeth. A misaligned bite can stress your jaw joints and muscles, causing considerable pain.
Grinding and clenching
Grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, or even while you're awake, also stresses joints or muscles. In some cases, you may wake up with your jaw tightly clenched, but in others, you may not even be aware that you grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth not only causes jaw pain, but can also crack your teeth and damage fillings, crowns, bridges and dental implants.
Infections in your jaw or an abscessed tooth can also cause jaw pain. Infections may be accompanied by facial swelling, fever and swollen lymph glands. If you notice these symptoms, call our Billerica office as soon as you can.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Your jaw joints are made up of muscles, ligaments and bones. Misalignments or damage to any of these structures can cause TMJ symptoms. Symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain, morning headaches, clicking sounds when you open your mouth, jaw locking, ear pain and stiffness in your jaw, back and neck muscles.
How do dentists treat jaw pain?
Treatment of jaw pain depends on the cause. If you have a bite problem, braces will realign your bite, while grinding and clenching can be reduced by wearing a nightguard while you sleep. If you have TMJ, you may benefit from wearing an oral splint at night. The splint reduces pressure on your jaw and also helps improve alignment. Steroid injections or prescription pain medications may be helpful if you suffer from severe pain.
Thanks to effective treatment options, there's no need to live with jaw pain. If you experience jaw pain, call our Billerica, MA, dentists, Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, at (978) 667-2741 to schedule an appointment.
Dental implants don't just close that gap in your smile, but also provide important oral health benefits. Billerica, MD, dentists - Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari - discuss how implants will help you restore your smile.
Dental implants offer unseen benefits
A more attractive smile is one of the most important benefits of dental implants for many Billerica residents, but it's not the only one. Dental implants offer a unique advantage that no other tooth replacement option can. Implants, posts that look like tiny screws, are designed to permanently take the place of the roots of a missing tooth.
Root replacement can help you avoid multiple problems that occur after tooth loss. Your roots hold your teeth in place in your jaw, but they also exert steady pressure on your jawbone. This constant pressure is needed to keep the bone strong. After a tooth is lost, the jawbone may start to shrink if the missing root isn't replaced with a dental implant. Eventually, bone loss can become so severe that other teeth near the one you lost become loose.
Have you ever noticed a difference in the appearance of people who've lost teeth? A strong jawbone is necessary to support the muscles in your face. If your jawbone recedes, your muscles, and the skin over them, begin to droop. The problem is more likely to occur if you've lost multiple teeth. Dental implants help you avoid this unpleasant consequence of tooth loss.
Implants offer other advantages
Do you find it harder to bite and chew since you've lost your tooth? Difficulty eating can be a serious problem after tooth loss. The crown that's attached to the top of the dental implant will restore your chewing ability and help you avoid the problem. Dental implants also help keep your teeth straight by preventing nearby teeth from shifting and drifting.
Protect your smile with dental implants. Call Drs. Adam and Barry Danzig and Dr. Tayari at their Billerica, MA, office at (978) 667-2741 to schedule your appointment.
Unfortunately, many dental patients see a root canal as the enemy and think of it as a long, drawn-out and painful procedure. Luckily, this is a simple myth which your dentist can help you bust by helping you understand more about root canals and how they work. Learn more about root canals and how they can help your smile with Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA.
When is a root canal necessary?
Tooth decay begins with the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel, and works its way very slowly through the tooth until it reaches its inner pulp chamber. This chamber houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve, known as the tooth’s pulp. When decay begins infecting the pulp, it affects the tooth’s nerve and causes a toothache. If the decay has almost reached or actually reached this point, your dentist will recommend a root canal to remove the decay and infected contents of your tooth’s pulp chamber.
Does a root canal hurt?
A root canal should never hurt. Your dentist will begin the procedure by numbing the tooth, ensuring that you feel no pain. Considering that your tooth is probably painful when you walk into your appointment, this first step will likely come as a relief. Additionally, by removing the infected tissues and the tooth’s nerve, which allows it to feel pain, your dentist renders your tooth unable to feel pain, eliminating your toothache and providing you with immediate relief.
Root Canal Treatments in Billerica, MA
A root canal begins with a small access hole in the top, or crown, of the tooth. The opening allows your dentist to reach the infected contents of the tooth using specialized instruments. After removing the infection and the tooth’s nerve, your dentist cleans and disinfects the inside of the tooth to ensure it is completely infection-free. Then, the tooth is filled with composite resin materials and fitted for a dental crown to protect it from further damage and stabilize your tooth’s natural structure.
For more information on root canals or what they can do for you and your smile, please contact Dr. Adam Danzig, Dr. Barry Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari at Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA. Call (978) 667-2741 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
The tools you use to keep your smile clean can be just as important as how you brush.
If you’ve been thinking about ways to improve your oral health then you may be thinking about how well you care for your smile on a daily basis. While brushing and flossing every day are certainly crucial to healthy teeth and gums the toothbrush you use may or may not be helping your cause. From the office of our Billerica, MA dentists Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig and Dr. Lili Tayari, find out more about your toothbrush options.
Did you know that the average American spends almost 1,000 hours brushing their teeth during their lifetime? When you think about it that way, don’t you want a toothbrush that will get the job done and keep your smile looking its best for the rest of your life? But from angled toothbrush heads to electronic toothbrushes, which one is right for you?
Our Billerica general dentists are here to tell you that any toothbrush that feels comfortable to you and makes it easy to brush your teeth is the best one. How you brush is a major factor in which toothbrush will be ideal. Many people don’t brush long enough, only brushing for about one minute rather than the required two to three minutes twice a day.
So, how do you find the right toothbrush for you?
Consider some of these pieces of advice before you buy your next toothbrush:
- The toothbrush you use should have soft bristles, which will be gentler on teeth and sensitive gums. Hard bristles can also wear away at enamel, which can cause tooth sensitivity and other issues.
- If you’ve been wondering whether powered toothbrushes might provide a more effective clean than a manual, we are here to tell you that they both clean teeth and gums equally well; however, if a powered toothbrush feels easier to maneuver and motivates you to brush your teeth then this is obviously the better choice for you. We also find that those with braces, as well as those with dexterity issues in their hands may like the ease of a powered toothbrush over a manual one.
- You should also be replacing your toothbrush about every three months, or once bristles start to look worn out. An old toothbrush head will not be as effective at keeping teeth clean. You should also always toss that toothbrush after a bout of illness.
- Children should have toothbrushes that are designed for their small mouths. This usually includes brushes that have soft bristles, a large easy-to-grip handle and a small head that can get into all those hard-to-reach areas.
Grateful Dentists is here to make sure that you always have expert dental care in Billerica, MA whenever you need it most. Call our office today and get the general, cosmetic or restorative dentistry you’ve been looking for.
Learn more about dentures and whether they are the right dental treatment for you.
Are you missing some or all of your teeth? Have you wondered the best way to treat your tooth loss? Then it’s time you talked to one of our Billerica dentists Drs. Barry and Adam Danzig or Dr. Lili Tayari about whether dentures might be the best option for you. Discover more about dentures and what they can do for you.
What types of dentures are available?
When you visit your Billerica general dentist for a consultation we will discuss your treatment goals, lifestyle, questions and concerns and any habits you might have. Through these questions, we can determine whether dentures are the right restoration for you. After all, we want to meet your unique needs to give you the smile you want.
Here are the most common types of dentures to choose from:
- Partial dentures: These restorations are great for patients who need to replace multiple teeth but still have some natural, healthy teeth left.
- Full dentures: Those dealing with complete tooth loss can regain a full smile with a full set of dentures.
- Implanted-supported dentures: These dentures don’t need to be attached with adhesives. Instead, this restoration is stabilized with the use of dental implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone.
Are you a good candidate for dentures?
Most patients dealing with missing teeth can benefit from wearing dentures. It is important to keep in mind that dentures aren’t the same as natural teeth, so while you will enjoy having a full smile again it won’t be exactly like natural teeth. But the more you wear your dentures the easier and faster the transition will be.
Patients who aren’t right for dentures include those with sensitive gag reflexes, poor jawbone health, and those who grind their teeth. Those with deteriorated jawbones can receive a bone graft prior to getting implant-supported dentures.
Dentures have helped countless patients regain a healthy smile. Isn’t it your turn? Call Grateful Dentists in Billerica, MA to schedule your consultation today!
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