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Over time, the space left by one or more missing teeth can cause adjacent teeth to drift and tilt into the space while the tooth opposing the space on the upper/lower arch may begin to erupt. This shifting can cause imbalances with the bite that can lead to headaches and TMJ problems. The spaces may also be difficult to keep clean, resulting in localized gum disease and decay.

Unless a dental implant is recommended to replace the missing tooth or teeth, a fixed or permanent bridge is an excellent alternative. The teeth adjacent to the space are shaped in a manner similar to a tooth needing a single crown, impressions are taken, a temporary bridge is placed, and 3-4 days later, the permanent bridge arrives from the lab for final cementation

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (synthetic material) that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue.

The dentist must perform surgery to anchor the artificial root into or on your jaw bone. The procedure is done in the dental office with local anesthesia. Medications may be prescribed for soreness.

The process may take 2-3 months to complete. Technology, however, is trying to decrease the healing time involved. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary. After the screws and posts are placed surgically, the healing process may take up to 2 months and the fitting of replacement teeth no more than 1 months.

Symptoms of Jaw Fracture

Symptoms include Pain in the face or jaw, located in front of the ear on the affected side(s), worse with movement, inability to close your mouth, drooling because of inability to close the mouth. difficulty speaking, jaw may protrude forward, your teeth may not align normally, your ite feels "off" or crooked

Treatment of Jaw Fracture

  1. Treatment for conservative Jaw Fracture
    This means that patients whose fracture does not affect mastication must rest the areas of the broken bone. This usually includes unfitness for work, the duration of which will be determined by the treating doctor.
    In fractures affecting the jaws, immobilisation of the jaws is necessary for conservative treatment, and this can be ensured by retaining screws or encirclement of the teeth with strong wire.
  2. Treatment by Operative therapy
    If operative treatment is necessary, this involves an operation that is usually performed under general anaesthesia. The broken fragments of bone are exposed at the operation and the fractured parts of the bone are joined together firmly in their original position using plates and screws. Various systems are available depending on the fracture site and fracture type: titanium plate systems are used in fractures subject to much stress, especially in the mandible, while absorbable plate systems (dissolving plates) can be used in fractures in less stressed areas, especially in the maxilla and zygomatic area and in the frontal region. The treating doctor decides on the procedure and treatment plan in each case.

Clicking, popping, or snapping in the jaw joint is the most common symptom of TMJ. There may or may not be pain in the jaw when the clicking or popping sound is heard. The clicking sound may even be so loud that others can hear it when you chew or speak.

Usually the cause of the popping jaw is a displaced disc in the jaw. The jaw joints are ball and socket joints, just like the shoulder joint. When ball and socket joints are functioning properly, the ball and socket do not touch because of a thin disc of cartilage located between the ball and socket. This disc of cartilage is held in place and guided by a muscle.

If your bite is not right or trauma tears the tissues the jaw joint is pulled out of alignment, and the disc is typically pulled forward or torn. Now that the cartilage disc is not serving as a cushion between the ball and socket these bones are rubbing against each other and pressing on nerves, causing pain in the jaw and clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint. The muscles holding the disc in place are now strained as well, causing additional pain in the jaw and face as well as in the head, neck, back and shoulders.

Neuromuscular Dentistry works to realign the bite, which also realigns the displaced disc. Once the jaw is realigned and the disc is back in place the clicking and popping sounds stop and the muscles holing the disc in place can relax, alleviating the jaw, face, head, neck, back, and shoulder pain that resulted

Today's orthodontic appliances are smaller and more comfortable than ever, with a wide variety of options from which to choose. Regular metal braces are used in the majority of cases and newer appliances have virtually eliminated the need to have a patient wear "old-fashioned" headgear. Whether your treatment requires braces, removable appliances or a combination of both, our approach has one goal: a winning smile and good oral health.

These conditions indicate need for treatment:

  • Teeth don't fit together properly when mouth is closed
  • Lower teeth bite outside the upper teeth
  • Teeth don't chew properly
  • Front teeth don't meet when back teeth come together
  • Breathing is done through the mouth or mouth is usually open

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material which are bonded to the front of the teeth. This procedure can be an ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth by masking discoloration, whitening teeth and/or reshaping a smile.

The porcelain systems used for veneers have improved dramatically in recent years, allowing us to create realistic translucency and shade for a natural appearance

Wisdom teeth are considered "impacted" or unable to erupt when they have no place to go or grow. They may grow in sideways (which can destroy your second molar), only partially come through the gum causing a bacteria trap resulting in recurrent infections or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone forming a fluid filled sac (cyst) or tumors that destroy the jaw or teeth.

Wisdom teeth can be considered not functional if they are:

  • Badly decayed
  • Have gum disease
  • Cause pain
  • Move other teeth out of alignment
  • Interfere with your biting

Benefits of early removal of wisdom teeth, around the age of 16 or 17, can help you to avoid future problems. At a younger age:

  • Tooth roots are not fully developed
  • The surrounding bone is softer
  • There is less chance of damaging nerves
  • There is less surgical risk
  • Healing is generally faster
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