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Have The Teeth You Want with Veneers

A smile can tell a lot about a person, and generally smiling can make you appear more warm and friendly to others. Smiling can even make you more attractive to the opposite sex, and can make a better first impression. These are among the many reasons why people have been more into dental care, particularly being conscious of how their teeth appear, and why dental veneers have been on the rise.

Dental veneers are thin shells of tooth made to cover discolored, damaged, or gapped teeth. They have become a very popular dental cosmetic procedure that gives the patient clean, beautiful teeth from minor teeth issues. There are many types of veneers that can be used; however the most popular and widely used are porcelain veneers (mainly because it is more durable and stronger than other types of veneers).

People prefer to have veneers because they appear more natural, and they are more health to the gums. Because veneers do not irritate the gum tissues, they work perfectly well, and they are also stain resistant. If you opt to have veneers, you are also given the choice on how white you would want your teeth to appear; veneers offer a more conservative approach to changing the teeth’s color as well as its shape.

One of the reasons why people prefer to get veneers is due to the fact that they are a “quick-fix” to damaged teeth as compared to other procedures that can take up longer periods. It only takes about two to three visits to the dentist to have your teeth fixed, and you’re good to go. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you should neglect proper oral health care and regular dental visits. Veneers can only last for 5-10 years, therefore proper maintenance and good dental hygiene is still necessary to keep your teeth healthy and far from further damages.

The Temporomandibular Joint and TMD

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) was until recently a widely unknown problem affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It was unknown mostly because the symptoms seemed to indicate some other problem, and unless the doctor knows what to look for and to ask the right questions, a diagnosis of TMD is unlikely to occur in the initial consultation.

There is a wide range of TMD symptoms which may easily be mistaken for some other disorder. These include:

  • Changes in occlusion
  • Clenching of the teeth
  • Clicking sound of the jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Localized pain in the neck, back and head area
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Pain or ringing in the ears for no discernible reason
  • Soreness in the jaw area, pronounced in the morning or late afternoon
  • Teeth sensitivity with no gum problems
  • Tingling or numbness of the fingers

The only way that a neuromuscular dentist will be able to diagnose TMD is to take a careful and detailed patient history as well as a thorough physical examination of the TMJ. The neuromuscular dentist will look for symptoms of TMD, and may order a panoramic X-ray to confirm it. The X-ray will also show if the teeth could be causing the problem. Other tests that may be done, though rarely, include computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

If your neuromuscular dentist determines that you will need surgery to correct the TMD, a maxillofacial surgeon will be referred to you. In most cases, however, a less radical solution is indicated. These may include:

  • Diet modification
  • Ice and hot packs
  • Orthopedic appliance or mouthguard
  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Posture training
  • Resting the TMJ
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Splints

TMD can be a real hindrance, and can significantly reduce the quality of your life. If you suspect that the medical problems you have been having may actually be symptoms of TMD, consult with a neuromuscular dentist as soon as possible.