Growing up, there are many things we can usually rely on in life. We will most likely get taller, our bodies will get stronger, and our baby, or primary, teeth will fall out and be replaced by adult, or permanent, teeth. But sometimes, things don’t go according to plan. We may not get very tall or have muscles like The Rock, and sometimes we don’t get all our adult teeth like we should. For some people, the baby tooth that’s keeping the place for the MIA adult tooth never falls out, so at least there isn't an empty space where a tooth should be. But just because there’s a tooth in that spot doesn’t mean it should stay there. If you’re an adult with a not-so-grown-up baby tooth hanging around in your mouth, here’s why you should consider having it removed.
You may never have known about it, but across America, there’s a controversy that’s been brewing for years involving a very popular cosmetic filler. That’s because, depending on where you live, your dentist may be able to inject you with the cosmetic filler Botox - and not everyone thinks it’s a good idea.
Here in California, dentists cannot inject patients with Botox for cosmetic purposes. Many other states have the same law. This was done to protect patients from practitioners who may not have the skills and training to administer Botox. However, dentists arguably know the muscles and nerves around the mouth and face better than any other type of doctor, including plastic surgeons.
The good news is that your dentist can inject you with Botox for medical purposes! In fact, you may never have realized it, but Botox can be used to help alleviate the pain from some very common dental issues.
There are many ways in which the mouth and body are connected, one being the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). While small, this particular joint plays a very important role in the overall homeostasis of an individual. TMJ dysfunction can result in symptoms that hinder daily activities and change peoples' lives completely due to their pain. Because of the variety of possible symptoms that don't seem to directly relate to the jaw, TMJ often goes undiagnosed and patients learn to live with their symptoms. It's not uncommon for TMJ sufferers to take medication for headaches and never undercover the true source of the problem.
The practice of Neuromuscular Dentistry allows us to examine patients' posture and muscle function. We can then begin to work toward a jaw position that is most comfortable for the patient. We will often create a short-term solution for patients while working toward a long-term goal for TMJ treatment. Our TMJ treatment is focused on non-invasive (surgery free) methods that help to realign the jaw to its proper position.
Possible TMJ symptoms rage from jaw pain and clicking to pain in the neck, ears, back and shoulders. One of the most common symptoms is frequent headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms that cannot be explained by something else, it's a good idea to have a neuromuscular exam.
Do you have questions about TMJ dysfunction that I didn't cover in this blog? You can reach me at 858-866-9692 to find out more or schedule a consultation.