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Don’t Let That Blank Space in Your Mouth Fool You

Don’t Let That Blank Space in Your Mouth Fool You
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So, you had teeth extracted and/or are missing a few teeth? No big deal, right? Do not fool yourself! There are plenty of issues that come with missing teeth in Mission Viejo, CA. You lose the confidence in your smile, you can’t chew the foods you use to enjoy, and so much more. Beyond these though, there are also adverse health effects to missing teeth.

 

What Happens When We Are Missing Teeth?

From gum disease to infection, there are several reasons why you should consider replacement of your missing teeth!

In many cases, the gums where the tooth used to be will get infected which will cause inflammation. This is known as gingivitis, commonly referred to as gum disease. Gingivitis can cause your gums to bleed when you floss, changes in your bite line, pain when chewing, pus to form between the gums and teeth, and other symptoms. This, of course, makes day-to-day life more difficult as the pain from chewing causes great amounts of anxiety about eating and can cause other teeth to loosen or fall out.

Another problem that may occur is weakness in your jaw and other teeth. Other teeth surrounding the missing one have to work harder to chew due to the lack of teeth and can cause jaw pain, weakness, and in some cases temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Your TMJ attaches your lower jawbone to the rest of your skull and when it is being worked on one side more heavily, it can cause disorders to form which will result in pain when chewing and many other issues.

 

Fill Those Gaps

To avoid these diseases and others that are caused by the loss of teeth, consider calling us at (949) 379-8095. Contact our office in Mission Viejo, CA to schedule an appointment with our doctor, Dr. Jenny Liang, so we can give you our options to fill in that missing tooth! With years of experience in supporting those like you, we will work with you to find the best treatment option to fit your unique situation. We look forward to helping you!

 

References

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis), Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/gingivitis

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/tmj-disorders

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TMJ Treatment Options

TMJ Treatment Options
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Temporomandibular joint disorder also known as TMJ, causes frequent issues for many people. The disorder can make chewing regular foods difficult and has also known to cause frequent headaches. This disorder originates from misalignment or inflammation in the jaw joint. Your oral surgeon can treat TMJ using a few different methods. Here are some treatment options that can help treat TMJ.

Home Care Techniques 

Your oral surgeon will conduct an evaluation in order to determine if your TMJ can be corrected at home with some self-care methods. If so, they can recommend consistently resting your jaw, applying ice and heat as prescribed, or eating soft foods for a while so your jaw joint can heal. However, your oral surgeon may also suggest other treatment methods such as dental devices or surgery depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Dental Devices

Your surgeon will treat TMJ by developing a custom-made tool that can realign your teeth. This method is suggested if TMJ has caused your bite to become misaligned. A mouth guard is the least invasive device that can be used if the TMJ disorder is considered a mild case. Artificial tooth replacements may also be an option for some of the more common cases, such as bridges and dentures. Lastly, if a recent injury is the cause of TMJ, a splint can be used to keep the joint stable so you can heal properly.

The Surgical Route

TMJ is sometimes caused by unaligned teeth. That includes having an open bite and a protruding or receding lower jaw. In this case, surgery is typically the best route. Using surgery to correct jaw placement will reduce or eliminate pain being caused by TMJ.

Contact Us

TMJ affects more than 3 million Americans and could also be the cause of your continuous jaw pain. If you have questions about TJM and the treatment options, call our Mission Viejo, CA offices to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenny Liang today.

 

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