Periodontal disease, which many people recognize as gum disease, is one of the most common conditions to affect adults’ long-term oral health. It begins as an infection in your periodontal tissues, or gums, and over time, it can gradually erode these tissues and the oral structures around them. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be prevented, despite how frequently it occurs. It can also be effectively controlled if it does develop, allowing you to avoid many of the potentially serious consequences that can result from its progression. (more…)
Common dental health concerns like tooth decay and gum disease can often cause symptoms that vary between patients. However, these symptoms are typically similar in nature. Tooth decay causes tooth pain to varying degrees depending on its severity. Likewise, gum disease may cause your gums to bleed slightly or lead to tooth loss depending on how severely it’s damaged your gum tissues. With TMJ disorder, however, the symptoms of the condition don’t just progress in severity. They can also change according the unique nature of your TMJ disorder, making it necessary to precisely diagnose your condition before you can know how to treat it. (more…)
If you grind your teeth throughout the night, you can leave your jaw joints and muscles feeling sore or tender the next morning. You can also experience pain or sensitivity in your teeth. These sensations can be unpleasant enough for people to start looking into treatment for a teeth grinding habit, a problem known as bruxism. What you should be aware of is the potential for this habit to do more than just cause you some discomfort. in time, you can actually wear down your teeth to the point of altering your smile, or even causing chips or cracks! At our Los Angeles, CA dentist’s office, we can review your condition and find a treatment solution that puts a stop to your bruxism.
When it comes to treating any sort of medical condition, you want to relieve the symptoms while also addressing the cause of the problem. You need to understand the root of the problem before you can choose the right treatment for the issue. This is absolutely true of patients who are experiencing orofacial pain. The exact location of this pain, and the causes associated with this pain can vary drastically. Without knowing the root of your orofacial pain, your care provider cannot adequately address the issue. Here are some of the common causes of orofacial pain. (more…)
When it’s allowed to develop, periodontal disease can become one of the biggest risk factors to the health and integrity of your smile. For patients who have severe periodontal disease, it can be the leading factor in the loss of one or more of their teeth and the need to replace them. However, there are much more concerns involved with periodontal disease’s development and progression than the loss of your teeth or its impact on your gums. Today, we look at how periodontal disease can become a systemic concern, and why successfully managing it could be essential to maintaining your overall wellbeing. (more…)
Although obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, often causes patients who have it to snore loudly each night, snoring itself isn’t always the telltale sign of it. In fact, many people don’t realize they have a sleep disorder until the symptoms of it start to impact their daily life in different ways. Today, we examine a few of those impacts, and how successfully treating your sleep apnea help you find lasting relief from them. (more…)
Some types of aches, pains, and other symptoms can indicate an obvious concern with your oral health, even if you aren’t exactly certain what that concern is. For instance, if you develop a toothache, then there are few other reasons for it than a problem with your tooth and/or the surrounding oral tissues. However, many common and not-so-common oral health concerns cause symptoms that may not be so obvious. One of these symptoms is the development of chronic headaches and/or migraines, which are common symptoms of a wide range of non-oral health-related concerns, as well. (more…)
A number of factors could lead to the onset of periodontal disease. Unless treated, this disease could lead to not only uncomfortable symptoms, but adult tooth loss too. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist takes a look at how we diagnose and treat periodontal disease. We’re also discussing what you can do to protect your gums from home!
When you have chronic headaches, jaw pain, and other aches in and around your face, head, and neck, this is referred to as orofacial pain. Simply put, this discomfort is a result of oral health problems, such as TMJ disorder or even bruxism (teeth grinding). If you suffer from orofacial pain, you should contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist for a possible solution!
Often, people suffer from headaches, poor sleep, and even jaw pain due to issues with our oral health. TMJ disorder, bruxism, and sleep apnea impact millions of people. Despite the major differences between these oral health concerns, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist can often address them all with a simple (and custom-made) oral appliance.