How Dental Bonding Can Restore Your Smile

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Dental veneers new bern ncHave your teeth seen better days but you don’t want to undergo complicated and expensive dental procedures? Cosmetic bonding may the easy and relatively inexpensive solution you have been looking for. Dr. J. Stephen Hoard, your New Bern, NC dentist, explains how this increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you have the smile you want without the stress.

What is cosmetic dental bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding is a procedure that repairs damaged and defective teeth. Dr. Hoard uses composite resin, a soft, plastic-based material, to fill in the damaged areas of your smile. Composite resin could be compared to the spackle used in home repairs but for your teeth. The resin can be shaped to fill in any chip or indentation, making it an ideal solution for treating an number of cosmetic dental issues.

After the resin has hardened or bonded — hence the name of the procedure — the new surface it has created will not only be as strong as your natural tooth enamel but it will look just like it as well. Dr. Hoard chooses composite resin — colored to match your tooth enamel — ensuring that the bonded area is never obvious to casual onlookers.

What are the signs you may need dental bonding?

Maybe you have a chipped tooth? Even a small chip can be quite noticeable but bonding can be used to fill in these chips with composite resin.  It can also be used to safeguard the roots of teeth that have been exposed due to receding gums. Because of the heightened sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages that can occur in teeth with receding gums, eating can be painful. Coating the roots with a layer of composite resin can decrease this sensitivity while also protecting the roots from further exposure to decay.

Perhaps you have one tooth that is oddly shaped ? Oftentimes, a tooth can be discolored, twisted, crooked, short or oddly shaped teeth but still in good working order otherwise. Bonding resin can be used to alter the appearance and color of the tooth, giving your smile a more pleasing and uniform look..

Cosmetic bonding is also an option for filling in small gaps between your teeth. These gaps can trap food, making you self-conscious about your smile. Bonding is a simple and relatively affordable way to close up those spaces, making eating easier.

While composite bonding does not last quite as long as porcelain veneers, you should be able to wear them for up to 10 years with proper care. This may mean passing up hard candy, ice cubes and other hard or sticky food that can crack your resin.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding in New Bern, NC

Cosmetic dental bonding can help you have the attractive and confident smile you’ve been wanting! Call Dr. Hoard, your dentist in New Bern, NC at 252.507.0373 or schedule online for your consultation. Take advantage of the benefits of cosmetic dental bonding today!

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FAQ: All About Fillings

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Testing dental knowledge new bern ncDo you feel like every time you go to the dentist, you’re being told you need another filling? Dentists like Dr. J. Stephen Hoard of New Bern NC wants you to know the warning signs that can tell you that you may need a filling, what to expect when getting a filling and how to care for them.

Why Do You Need A Filling?

When food particles and plaque are allowed to remain in contact on your teeth for extended periods of time due to improper brushing or because the food is sticky, then a collection of bacteria accumulate. These bacteria release acids which begin to dissolve the enamel. This enamel — the top layer of the tooth — begins to discolor gradually depending on how much it has dissolved or weakened. If allowed to continue, that portion of the tooth will eventually chip away and become what we call a “cavity” — a hole in your tooth’s enamel.

How Do You Recognize Decay?

  • Dark spots or greyish black areas on your front teeth
  • Chipped off areas that your tongue often goes into
  • Holes where food gets stuck

If you see or are experiencing any of the above, it may be time to see your dentist.

What does decay feel like? It can begin with mild sensitivity to cold or hot liquids or transient sensitivity when eating sweet food. It usually progresses to prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold things, and slight pain when biting or chewing. Eventually, if it continues untreated, you may feel an electric sensation or sudden sensitivity on certain foods and constant pain that lasts for hours and needs medication to be relieved.

How Does the Dentist Choose A Filling?

Filling materials were once usually silver amalgam and later were done with cements like glass ionomer. But now the most widely used substance is plastic composite, a kind of tooth-colored material that is soft when applied but hardens while chemically bonding to your teeth when cured with a UV light.

How Much Will It Cost?

Costs of fillings can vary widely on:

  • The material being used by the dentist
  • Skill and experience of the dentist
  • The size of the filling
  • Amount of remaining tooth structure

What Should I Expect After A Filling?

A permanent filling when done with composite allows you to eat immediately afterwards with no precautions. Your tooth is as good as new and you should be unable to see where the filing was done. You may feel some mild to moderate sensitivity in the filled tooth which should subside within 48 hours. It may take some time and wear to adjust if the filling is slightly over or under the level of your bite.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Decay or cavities can be prevented by preventive procedures such as applying sealants in the fissures of teeth to prevent food lodging in teeth or applying fluoride to attract more calcium and protect the tooth from breakdown by bacterial acid. Once done, fillings can be maintained by proper oral hygiene at home including daily brushing, mouthwash and flossing.

How Long Will My Filling Last?

Contrary to popular belief, fillings do not last forever. A filling usually lasts anywhere from 3-7 years on average but needs regular annual examinations to ensure it’s holding up well. If you see any discoloration, darkening, or chipping under the filling, schedule to see your dentist immediately. These signs show a breakdown and indicate the need for replacement of the filling.

If you are in the New Bern NC area and would like a consultation with Dr. Hoard about a possible cavity or any dental concern, call 252.507.0373 or schedule online today!

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Do You Need Dental Implants?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Bleeding Gums New Bern NCAre you sick of messy denture adhesives and slippage when you’re eating or talking? Are dealing with the pain of a broken or severely cracked tooth?

Maybe dental implants can solve these problems for you?

No matter which situation describes yours, Dr. J. Stephen Hoard in New Bern NC, would like you to be educated about dental implants so please read on as we elaborate on 6 important warning signs that you may need dental implants.

1. You have a severely cracked tooth or a broken tooth.

Dental crowns or dental implants may be your only options if you have teeth that are badly cracked or broken. While dentists usually strive to save as much of the tooth structure as possible, some teeth are damaged beyond repair. If this is the case, tooth extraction and an implant might be your best option. If you do need an implant, it will be designed by your dentist to match with and function just like your natural teeth.

2. You are missing one or more of your natural teeth.

Gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth can be unsightly and embarrassing, making you self-conscious about using your to teeth to smile, talk or eat in public. Your dental implant will be embedded in the space where your lost tooth lived, looking natural to yourself and others.

3. Your partials and dentures are loose-fitting.

Dentures or partials can be embarrassing and frustrating to deal with on a daily basis with their tendency to slip. Implants are an excellent alternative to these as no slippage is possible due to their being permanently attached. Your dentures falling out when you’re talking or eating will no longer be a worry.

4. You are beginning to lose jaw bone tissue.

Did you know that dental implants actually stimulate growth of jaw bone tissue? The part of the implant that is inserted in the jawbone and acts as the artificial tooth root is made of titanium or zirconium. These materials are able to naturally bond to the bone tissue due to process called osseointegration. This stimulates the growth of new jaw bone tissue just like the natural tooth roots would, decreasing the chance of the bone deteriorating over time.

5. Your face has a caved-in appearance.

Have you ever notice the sunken-in or caved-in look of the mouth of some denture-wearers? This is due to the loss of bone as you age. Because dentures do not stimulate bone growth as implants do, the bone continues to wear away over time, resulting in the sunken-in, caved-in appearance. As detailed above, the implants stimulate the growth of new bone tissue around their site as a natural tooth would.

6. You have a tooth that cannot be saved.

Severely decayed or infected teeth sometimes cannot be restored or saved by traditional means such as fillings or root canal therapy. Your dentist will be able to determine this with a thorough examination. If the fault tooth needs to be extracted, a dental implant might be the best option to replace it.

Live in or near New Bern NC? Call our office at 252.507.0373 for an implants consultation with Dr. Hoard or schedule with us online.

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What is TMJ?

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

When people say “I have TMJ” they mostly mean that they are suffering from a TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, make it possible to open and close your mouth. Your TMJ, located on either side of your skull, work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw- called your mandible- as it moves forward, backward and side to side.

Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket of the joint. The disc supports the load while enabling the jaw to open wide and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complicated system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly can be called a TMJ disorder. Dentist like Dr. J. Stephen Hoard in New Bern NC can diagnose and treat this problem to alleviate the discomfort of stop the progression of dental issues that TMJ disorders can bring on.

Possible causes of TMJ disorders include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Injury
  • Alignment of jaw and teeth
  • Teeth grinding due to stress

A dentist must diagnosis the issue before treatment can begin. A typical dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles of the jaw for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty of motion.

Depending on the severity of the diagnosis, Dr. Hoard may refer you to a physician or a dental specialist for more advanced treatment.

How to Treat TMJ

For basic cases, there are several methods of treatments for TMJ disorders. This step-by-step plan allows you to try simple remedies at home before moving on to more involved treatment. These steps advocate for a “less is more” approach in treating TMJ disorders, which includes:

  • Eating softer foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • Applying heat packs to the pain
  • Practicing relaxation techniques to alleviate tension in the jaw, including meditation or biofeedback.

If your symptoms are more severe, the following treatments may be recommended by Dr. Hoard:

  • Exercises to strengthen your jaw muscles
  • Medications prescribed by your dentist; such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-
  • Anxiety drugs or anti-inflammatory medications
  • A mouth guard or bite plate to reduce clenching or grinding of teeth.

TMJ Treatment in New Bern NC

In some cases, your dentist may recommend correct an uneven bite by adjusting or reshaping some teeth. Orthodontic treatment may even be recommended if necessary. Dr. Hoard can suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the determined cause.  If you are in the New Bern NC area and think you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, any other dental ailment or just need a cleaning or consultation, please call 252.507.0373 to schedule with Dr. Hoard or schedule with our office online.

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Know the Signs of Periodontal Disease

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Periodontal disease is a common dental ailment that affects one out of every two American adults that are 30 years old and older. It’s no small thing. In fact, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world. But it affects more than your teeth, periodontal disease has also been linked to Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more! You may be wondering, “What are some periodontal disease symptoms?”  You may be surprised to learn that you already experiencing some of them.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal means “around the tooth” in Greek. Periodontal disease, also called periodontitis or simply gum disease, is the disease of the gum tissues surrounding your teeth and the jawbone that anchors the teeth in place. It begins with bacteria in the mouth that leads to infections in the roots of teeth and the gums and, if untreated, can end with tooth loss.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

The main cause of periodontal disease is leaving bacteria in plaque untreated. These bacteria in our mouths combine with mucus and other particles to form plaque on our teeth. The plaque that isn’t removed by brushing and flossing solidifies and forms tartar.

To kill the bacteria, our immune systems release defensive cells that cause areas around the teeth to become inflamed. As our gums swell, pulling away from the teeth and forming little pockets that more bacteria can settle in.

Other factors that can lead to gum disease include:

  • Smoking/tobacco use
  • Hormonal changes (such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause)
  • Certain illnesses
  • Genetics
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Clenching or grinding teeth

Stages Of Periodontal Disease

Inflammation of the gums without loss of bone is called gingivitis.  It is a mild and reversible form of periodontal disease, but not all gingivitis progresses into gum disease. Plaque builds up on our teeth and our gums become inflamed, but our teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. However, if this is left untreated, this gum inflammation can lead to gum disease.

Periodontal disease is when the destruction has begun to affect the underlying bone. The pockets created by inflammation of gums around the teeth deepen and more and more gum tissue and bone are affected. Eventually, from the loss of gum support, the teeth can become loose and fall out.

What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

  • Gums easily bleed while brushing and flossing.
  • Swollen or tender gums.
  • Gums that pull away from teeth.
  • Changes in bite.
  • Deep pockets between teeth and gums.
  • Loose or shifting teeth.
  • Pus between your teeth and gums.
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth.
  • New spaces developing between your teeth.

When You Should See a Dentist

Periodontal disease isn’t always painful; some people don’t even know they have it. A periodontal evaluation done with x-rays is the best way to diagnose and treat gum disease. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, schedule an appointment soon. Taking care of your periodontal disease now not only improves the health of your mouth and teeth but can also positively affect your overall health.

Dr. J. Stephen Hoard in New Bern NC wants to help you prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease. Regular cleanings, check-up’s and minimally invasive treatments should be enough to protect your teeth and gums from periodontal disease. However, your bleeding gums might be a sign of gum disease. Don’t wait to find out! Contact us online today to schedule an appointment or call 252.507.0373.

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Are Root Canals Painful?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Root canal: The procedure’s name has the power to make people break out in a cold sweat. Why are so many people so afraid of root canals? If you were to ask them, you’d likely get all sorts of answers. As with a lot of things, people are afraid of what they don’t understand. But a little knowledge can bring all those fears out into the light. So let’s take a closer look at the dreaded root canal.

A root canal treatment is also commonly referred to as simply a “root canal.” It becomes necessary when the tissues inside your tooth, called the pulp, becomes infected and needs to be removed from the pulp chamber. This usually results from deep decay (cavities) or a chip or crack in the surface of your tooth. The infection in the pulp can spread down through the root canals of your teeth into tissues of your gums. This infection, called an abscess, can be very painful and can be dangerous to your overall health, possibly even leading to heart disease.

You may need a root canal treatment if you have a tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold, to touch or is painful to use when chewing. Inflamed and sensitive gums around the tooth are another indicator. Informing Dr. J Stephen Hoard of New Bern NC of these and any other symptoms you may be having during exams will allow him to decide if a root canal is necessary and appropriate for your condition. Dr. Hoard will perform some root canals, depending on the severity of the condition. For very severe cases, he may refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who specializes in treating the insides of your teeth.

In a root canal procedure, your dentist or endodontist drills down into the crown of your infected tooth and removes the infected pulp from pulp chamber and the root canals below. As adults our teeth can survive without the pulp as it they continue to be nourished by the surrounding tissues. Once the pulp has been removed, a biocompatible material will be inserted to temporarily fill the now-empty space inside your tooth until the restoration process can begin. In some cases, where tooth decay has severely broken down one of the roots and made the tooth unstable, a tiny metal rod may be inserted down into the root to secure the tooth in your gums.

During the restoration process a crown will be created and placed over the tooth that has been treated. Your dentist or specialist will construct the crown, matching it to the natural hue of your teeth, and will use it to seal up and protect the tooth from another infection. Within a few days, the swelling of the inflamed tissues goes down and the “new” tooth can be used to chew and be cleaned just like your natural teeth.

Many people avoid root canals due to the belief that the procedure will be painful or because they may have heard “horror stories” of complications from the procedure. Some even have teeth pulled rather than undergo the treatment. Dentist prefer root canals to extractions to save the natural teeth as empty spaces in your teeth can lead to teeth shifting positions and even further decay and even bone loss. There is no need to risk this. Root canals may have been painful a few decades ago but with our modern technology and anesthetics, the procedure is only about as painful as having a filling placed.

So the big, bad root canal isn’t so scary after all. Instead it’s a helpful procedure intended to alleviate pain and preserve your natural teeth, allowing you to chew properly and smile confidently. As with most ailments, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Brushing twice daily, flossing daily and scheduling regular exams with Dr. Hoard are all important steps to avoid needing a root canal, especially if your teeth have recently developed any chips or cracks. But if you do need a root canal, now you know there’s nothing to fear. To schedule with Dr. Hoard today, call 252.507.0373 or schedule an appointment online.

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Are You Flossing Correctly?

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

You may already be brushing your teeth twice a day. This should be an important part of your oral hygiene regimen. Equally important, if not more so, is flossing. Brushing only affects the bacteria and particles that are easy to reach and remove. This bacteria combines with saliva and food particles to create plaque, a sticky but clear and colorless substance that adheres to your teeth. Plaque creates a fertile environment for tooth decay and eventually cavities.

This where flossing comes in. Flossing can remove the plaque that your toothbrush cannot reach in places such as in between your teeth. However, it is important that you are flossing correctly. As the old adage says “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Flossing can be that ounce of prevention, helping you to avoid painful, time-consuming and potentially costly dental procedures that may become necessary due to tooth decay being allowed to flourish unchecked between teeth.

But how are we supposed to floss? What is the proper technique? The steps below will educate you on the proper method. See if your flossing measures up to how the professionals (your dentist) recommends you do it.

  1. Around your middle fingers wrap a length of floss about eighteen inches long. You can use your thumbs and forefingers to move the floss. Wind more around one finger than the other so you can wind the dirty used floss toward the finger with less floss wrapped around it and use a fresh length.
  2. Push the floss between two teeth and use a gentle “sawing” motion all the way from the top of the teeth down to their base where they erupt from your gums.
  3. Wrap the floss around the side of one tooth, making a “U” shape then gently slide up and down your tooth. Repeat this several times, making sure to go slightly underneath the gum-line, then repeat on the other side of the tooth.
  4. Again make sure you wind up the floss around your finger so you’re using a clean length of floss for each space between your teeth that you floss.
  5. Do not be alarmed if you see that your gums are bleeding as you floss. This is due to inflammation caused by the bacteria dwelling there. If you floss daily as recommended by your dentist, you should see an improvement in the health of gums in one to two weeks.

Some people prefer to use floss picks, which are “Y” shaped pieces of plastic with floss strung between the “arms” of the “Y”. Although using these is preferable to not flossing at all, dentists prefer using a length of “free” floss and your hands. Floss picks are at a disadvantage when it comes to proper flossing as you cannot wrap them around a tooth in the “U” shape recommended above due to it being already strung in a straight line.  

“Super floss”, a special thick and fuzzy type of floss, is also available. This type of floss is used to floss between teeth with extra space in between them. For teeth with very little space between them, squeezing even regular floss in between can be difficult. Floss can become stuck, shred or even break. These difficulties can lead to people choosing not to floss due to frustration. Waxed floss is available to help you get into those tight spaces you may have between your teeth.  

Whatever you choose make sure that it is American Dental Association approved to be safe for use. You should only use a length of floss once. Bacteria that has been removed on floss can linger and make you sick if reintroduced later.

Research recommends flossing after your brush as there will already be less plaque and food particles to get stuck on the floss.  If you have any additional questions about brushing, flossing or your oral health, call 252.507.0373 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. J. Stephen Hoard today.

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3 Facts About Wisdom Teeth

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

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Wisdom teeth are notorious for causing anxiety in patients even before they’ve experienced symptoms. Some patients may never have problems with their wisdom teeth, but it’s one of the most dreaded procedures in oral health. New Bern dentist Dr. J Stephen Hoard can help alleviate some of that anxiety.

1. Not Everyone Has Them

Some people are born without wisdom teeth! Dentists can see whether a patient’s wisdom teeth will ever erupt on a dental X-ray. If a patient doesn’t show any signs of the third molars below the gum line by their mid-twenties, there’s a good chance they aren’t going to develop. In some cases, however, wisdom teeth can erupt many years or even decades after young adulthood.

Next time you see Dr. Hoard, ask if your wisdom teeth are still hiding in the gums or if you could have been born without them. You might be surprised!

2. They Have A Formal Name

While you might be familiar with molars, the larger teeth towards the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are formally called “third molars.” This is because they are similar to the first two sets of molars, and they erupt later in life.

Third molars are commonly referred to as “wisdom teeth” because they erupt in young adulthood — usually between the ages of 17-25, when the teeth are almost finished developing. During this time, the rest of the teeth have almost completely settled into their permanent positions, and wisdom teeth will begin to show behind the existing molars.

3. They Don’t Always Come In at the Same Time

Although they are collectively referred to as “wisdom teeth,” they don’t always erupt at the same time. The ones on top may come in first, years before the ones on the bottom, or one on top and one on the bottom may stay beneath the gums while the other two erupt.

It’s also possible to have only one or two wisdom teeth causing problems. It depends on the amount of space available in the jaw and the positioning of other teeth. Because of their position, wisdom teeth can be harder to clean, leading to infection — but this doesn’t mean they will all become painful or infected.

If you have questions about your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hoard today by calling 252-507-0373 or scheduling an appointment online.

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Are Dental Veneers Right For Me?

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Dental veneers new bern ncMany people who have cosmetic concerns with their teeth, such as gaps, cracks, or discoloration may consider extensive dental procedures to correct these problems. For some patients, porcelain dental veneers might be a great option to take care of multiple cosmetic issues all at once.

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental porcelain that is permanently bonded to the tooth to improve the shape, color, size, and position of teeth. New Bern dentist Dr. J Stephen Hoard can use these veneers to correct small gaps between teeth, visually improve alignment, enhance tooth color, repair cracks or chips, or even reshape or lengthen teeth.

Over time, our teeth become less white, thanks to wine, coffee, and other pigmented foods. Teeth are porous, and the pigments in our food can stain them, making your smile less bright. Dental veneers are more stain-resistant than our own teeth, so instead of multiple whitening procedures, you might want to consider asking Dr. Hoard if dental veneers might be right for you.

Dental veneers can also help hide minor misalignment or gaps between your teeth without the need for extensive orthodontic treatment. Since veneers are placed on top of existing teeth and customized to every individual, Dr. Hoard can design the veneers to hide any small gaps, cracks, or minor misalignment.

Unlike crowns, where a significant portion of your tooth is removed or altered, veneers only require a small part of the tooth to be removed. To place a veneer on your tooth, some of the outer layers of enamel is removed, and the veneer is placed on top. You get to keep your natural teeth and fix several cosmetic issues at once.

Dr. Hoard will consult with you to help you determine whether veneers are right for you, but there are some situations where other options are better. For example, if you’re prone to grinding your teeth, you may want to see if in-office or at-home teeth whitening would work better for you. Cosmetic bonding is an alternative option for hiding minor gaps or chipped teeth.

To learn more about whether porcelain veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard and our dental care team. Call 252.507.0373 or schedule an appointment online today.

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Why do I wake up with a headache?

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

headaches tmj jaw pain treatment for tmj new bern ncDid you know that if you suffer from daily headaches, they may be related to your dental health?

If you wake up with headaches nearly every morning and find little relief from over the counter pain medications,  you may have TMD. Temporomandibular Disorder affects many patients, often goes undiagnosed and is commonly mistreated. Patients become frustrated by painful symptoms, headaches, and chronic fatigue.

New Bern, NC Dentist Dr. J. Stephen Hoard provides patients with comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders. TMJ has no one cause but is common in patients who grind their teeth in their sleep. Pinpointing the underlying cause of TMJ can allow for more effective treatment that minimizes discomfort.

Do I have TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, used for speaking and eating, is the delicate joint that attaches the skull to the jaw. The jaw joint can be easily damaged or may become misaligned or overused. Patients who grind their teeth while they sleep put added pressure on the joint. Patients typically grind their teeth in their sleep which prevents the joint and surrounding muscles from relaxing and having time to regenerate. Teeth grinding is a common cause of TMD and headaches.

  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Jaw pain and dysfunction (clicking, popping and locking)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Ear pain or loss of hearing

Dr. Hoard evaluates occlusion during all routine visits and look for signs of teeth grinding. Typicall signs that a patient may grind their teeth include excessively worn or damaged teeth.

Headaches caused by teeth grinding can be reduced with the introduction of an oral sleep appliance. An oral sleep appliance is a custom designed to reduce the tension in the TMJ caused by malocclusion or teeth grinding. The oral appliance repositions the jaw into a comfortable bite allowing the will alleviate headaches and other possible symptoms. This can be accomplished with appropriate treatment- addressing the underlying cause for lasting comfort and a healthy smile.

If you have been experiencing recurring headaches or migraines with no relief from traditional treatment options, discuss your concerns with Dr. Hoard at your next visit, or make an appointment. You may have an undiagnosed bite TMJ disorder.

Call our office or go online today.

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