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How Weather Can Lead to a Sore Jaw
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
There are some people who claim they can tell when a storm is coming because they feel a pain in their knee or back. Some may think that this is nothing more than an old wives' tale, yet others swear by it. IT makes some wonder why when the weather changes, they get a sore jaw. They start to wonder if there is a connection between the weather and a sore jaw like they have heard others talk about. Weather and Tooth Problems Many people suffer from tooth sensitivity that hot and cold impacts. If they breathe in hot or cold air over a tooth that is not healthy, they may experience pain. That pain can radiate down to the jaw. The pain from the weather is a symptom of a bigger problem that needs treatment. Left untreated, the problems can spread to other parts of the mouth including the jaw. Cold Weather and TMJ TMJ disorders are one of the most common reasons that a person experiences jaw pain. The pain is the result of the joints that connect the jaw to the skull not working properly. The stress on these joints can lead to many different symptoms including jaw pain. While it is possible to treat TMJ, most people work to manage the pain. When the weather is cold, it can become more difficult to open and close the mouth. Because of that the joints of the jaw are under more stress. The more stress on the joints, the more likely there is pain from the TMJ. Cold weather also causes people to clench or grind their teeth more. This creates more stress on the joints and leads to jaw pain. It is important to understand that the jaw pain you feel from weather is a sign of some other issue with your jaw. That is why it is important to diagnose the problem so you can learn to manage the pain when the weather changes. Let us diagnose any issues you may have by calling for an appointment today....

Who Could Benefit from Nerve Repositioning?
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Nerve reposition is a surgical procedure that is typically done on an a=outpatient basis. Like its name sound. It involves moving nerves in the jaw to prevent problems in that area. The question most people have is who needs to have this type of procedure and why do they need it. The answer lies in another type of procedure that people have done. Nerve Repositioning and Implants Getting an implant requires drilling into the jaw bone and putting the implant in place. The bone then grows around the implant to secure it in place and to allow for the placement of a crown over the implant. It is one of the best ways to restore missing or broken teeth, but there are some things to consider before getting implants. One of the problems with implants is the location of the nerves in the jaw and the gums. If you place the implant in a way that compresses the nerves in the area, it can lead to discomfort and pain that does not go away. It is important to make sure that any nerves that are in the path of the implant are moved before putting the implant in place. That is where never repositioning can come into play. What is Nerve Repositioning? In the jaw the inferior alveolar nerve is the nerve that gives feeling to the lower lip and chin. Unfortunately, in some cases the implant can interfere with this nerve. In order to prevent this, an oral surgeon will make an incision in the lower jawline that exposes the nerve. The surgeon will then move the nerve to the side so the implant will not interfere with it. The procedure is done in the office with sedation. People get implants to solve a problem. They do not want it to cause a new problem. Nerve reposition can eliminate one of the problems some people have with implants. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to learn more about this or any other oral health issue....

What is Done During Endodontic Surgery?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Most people are not familiar with the term endodontic surgery They may guess that it has something to do with their mouth and teeth because of the term endodontic, but that is all they may know There are plenty of people that will need endodontic surgery, so it is a good idea for people to learn more about it. Reasons for Endodontic Surgery If a tooth has a cavity, a filling is put into place to save the tooth. If that is not enough, a root canal can help. When the root canal is not good enough, endodontic surgery could provide the answer. There are several reasons for the need for this type of surgery. The surgery can help with a diagnosis. When a person has a problem that we cannot diagnose through x-rays and other methods, the surgery could provide the answer to the problem. Surgery can also help widen the canal is too narrow for traditional instruments or when a root canal did not heal properly or becomes infected. The Most Common Surgery The most common form of endodontic surgery is an apicoectomy. During this procedure the gum tissue near the affected tooth is opened up to provide access to the underlying bone. This allows for the removal of infected or inflamed tissue. It is also possible to remove the end of the root. Once that is done a small filling can be put into place and the sutures are put in place to help heal with healing. Other Types of Surgery While the apicoectomy is the most common type of surgery, there are other forms of endodontic surgery. These include dividing a tooth, repairing a damaged root or removing a root. Another procedure is a reimplantation where the tooth is removed, treated and reimplanted. Endodontic surgery is more common than many people realize. Learning more about it is the best way to know if it is something that can help you. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment....

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