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Hellertown, PA 18055


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Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction and When Its Needed

Posted on 5/29/2020 by Ankur Johri
A tuberosity is the term for a small piece of bone that protrudes out from behind the molar at the back of your upper jaw. This little protrusion is covered by your gums. Most of the time, a tuberosity is harmless, and you likely don't even realize it's there. However, there are some cases in which you'll need a tuberosity reduction. This means we go in and surgically remove some of the tuberosity so that it's smaller. Why Would You Need a Tuberosity Reduction? If you haven't lost any teeth or had any issues with the tuberosities at the back of your upper jaw, there's no reason for us to do anything to them. However, if you have lost some of your upper teeth and need dentures, it's possible that the tuberosity will hang down farther than the rest of the jaw. In order to make your dentures fit perfectly and remain in place, we will have to reduce the size of the tuberosities. Otherwise, the denture may not get a good seal on the palate and slip out of place. While tuberosity reductions aren't as necessary with dental implants, there are still a few cases where it is required. If you have a tuberosity that is fairly large, it can even affect your bite. In that case, it will need reduced even if you're not in need of dentures or implants. How Are Tuberosity Reductions Done? Before you have a tuberosity reduction, you'll have an X-Ray to determine exactly where your sinus cavity is located. In some people, this cavity actually extends down into your tuberosity. After this, we'll make a guide from plaster to help us see exactly how much of the tuberosity to remove. On the day of the actual procedure, we will numb the area and provide you with the type of sedation you would like. The tuberosity will then be removed. The entire procedure is usually done in an hour or less. Do you want to discuss dentures, implants, or any other dental procedure that might require a tuberosity reduction? Give us a call today....

Why Is Your Jaw Starting to Swell?

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Ankur Johri
Swelling can be an annoying thing to deal with especially when it happen on your face. It means that you have to walk around and meet people with a protruded part of your face. As much as it makes patients very self-aware, swelling is normally an indication of a far more serious condition that requires medical attention. It is recommended that you see a doctor before self-medicating. What Are The Symptoms Of Jaw Swelling? Apart from the obvious bulging of the area under your ear, there are other symptoms that can inform you something is not right. These include headaches, pain when opening your mouth and swallowing as well as pain in your facial and neck muscles. What Is Causing The Swelling On My Jaw? The first reason your jaw could be swelling is due to bacterial infection. When the jaw is infected, bacteria brings about inflammation to the surrounding areas causing the swelling. For those with untreated abscess, the pus causes more infection to the surrounding areas and introduces swelling. This is normally accompanied by bad breathe that is a result of the pus flowing inside the mouth. Swelling can also be introduced by the extraction of a tooth. The emptied area is bound to experience inflammation for the first few days before healing. Patients suffering from pericoronitis get swollen gums which when untreated spread the infection and cause swelling in the jaw and neck. A condition called mumps that causes swelling of the salivary glands could also be the reason you are experiencing swelling. Whether your swelling is from injury of infection-based, it is important to see a dentist immediately who will assess the extent and administer proper treatment for full recovery. Visit our clinic today for proper examination of any type of swelling happening on and around your jaw....

Reducing Stress Can Help with Bruxism Problems

Posted on 4/25/2020 by Ankur Johri
One of the most common dental problems that tend to persist for longer periods of time is grinding your teeth, known clinically as bruxism. This is a condition that becomes more and more painful over time, as the wear on the teeth and impact down into the jaw and surrounding nerves continues to increase. With it comes other problems as well, such as chewing, drinking hot and cold liquids, as well as even sleeping. A couple of the biggest inducers or aggravators of bruxism are stress and anxiety, and if you can work on eliminating or reducing their presence in your life, you may also be able to reduce the severity or frequency of your habitual grinding.How Anxiety Triggers GrindingAny type of worry that tends to dwell in a person's mind will continue to escalate until it gets to the point of causing anxiety. When this happens, if bruxism is something that that particular person struggles with, it is very likely that the unconscious reaction is going to be for them to start grinding their teeth. In some cases, it will be several hours, or even the next day when they begin to notice the pain, before they even realize that they are doing it. If you can find a few methods or techniques which personally help you reduce and manage the stress and anxiety in your life, it could have a profound impact on the occurrence and frequency of your grinding. To discover other possible ways of treating your bruxism, give us a call or stop by our clinic offices and take a moment to speak with one of our courteous and helpful staff members. They will be glad to provide you more information, as well as to set up a time for an evaluation....

All Posts:
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction and When Its Needed
Why Is Your Jaw Starting to Swell?
Reducing Stress Can Help with Bruxism Problems
Reasons Why Dental Implants Get Rejected By the Body
How Gum Chewing Can Lead to TMJ Pain
Do TMJ Disorders Impact Your Memory?
Ways of Treating TMJ Pain Through Stress Reduction
Signs Your Jaw Pain Is Something To Worry About
Types of Oral Appliances That Protect Teeth from Grinding
Top 4 Symptoms of TMD
Over the Counter Medications Are Often Enough Following Oral Surgery
How Common Are Jaw Fractures Following Auto Accidents?
What Is an Uncomplicated Crown Fracture?
Ways of Preventing Dental Implant Rejection
Positions to Sleep in Following Oral Surgery
How Your Oral Health Can Benefit from Getting a Bone Graft
Do All Broken Teeth Require Extraction?
How to Tell if You Need Oral Surgery
Top 4 Reasons You Could Need Oral Surgery
Things to Make Note of If Your Jaw Hurts
Why Do We Offer Sedation Options?
Who Benefits Most from Sinus Implant Procedures?
Why We Offer Several Types of Sedation
What Age Should Oral Cancer Screenings Start?
We Offer Several Sedation Options for Your Oral Surgery
Signs You Have Uneven Jaw Growth
If You Have Ringing In Your Ears, We May Have Solutions to Help
How to Track the Details of TMJ Pain
What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?
Signs Your Tooth May Need to Be Sectioned for a Dental Extraction
Sinus Infections Can Come from Oral Health Issues
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
Understanding What Comes with Cleft Palate
Types of Facial Trauma Oral Surgeons Help With
Treating an Infection of the Salivary Gland
Top 3 Reasons to Come See Us After an Auto Accident
Are There Reasons to Fear Bony Growths in The Mouth?
3 Bad Habits You May Have That Could Increase Your TMJ Pain
Your TMJ Problems Could Leave Your Ears Ringing
How Do Salivary Glands Get Infected?
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Making Your Mouth Healthier to Improve Your Odds of Getting Dental Implants


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