What is TMJ?

Though many people experience jaw pain every once in a while, it is often nothing to worry about. Yet, if the pain is accompanied by popping, grinding, and headaches, you may have Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder. The TMJ joint is the hinge where your upper and lower jaw connects, right in front of the lower part of your ear. The Dentists at Kingsway Dental Centre are trained to help treat TMJ disorders so you can have full function of your jaw again without bothersome pain.

Causes of TMJD

Most often, TMJ disorder is caused by trauma to the jaw and surrounding muscles. This trauma can dislocate the jaw, making it pop and grind when you open and close your mouth. Another common contributor to TMJD is grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep, putting hundreds of pounds of pressure on your jaw during the night. This disorder can also be cause by stress, chewing gum, and arthritis.

Symptoms

When people who have TMJ disorder chew, talk, yawn, or open there mouth it can cause the bone to grind together or make a popping sound. This grinding can result in lock jaw, headaches, and muscle pain. Other symptoms of TMJD are dizziness, toothaches, earaches, and severe jaw pain. People who have TMJD also often have bite misalignments such as over bites, under bites, and cross bites.

Treating TMJD

Unfortunately, there is no cure for TMJ disorder, though it can be treated to help lessen the symptoms. In most cases, a splint can help reduce the pain and popping caused by TMJD. A splint is a mouth guard that is custom made and fits comfortably between your upper and lower teeth to keep you from grinding and clenching, while also moving your jaw into the correct position.

Anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxers are also often used to treat TMJD since they will help relax the jaw at night to keep you from grinding. If you clench or grind due to stress and anxiety, you may also be prescribed an anti-anxiety medication as well. In the most extreme cases, the patient may need oral surgery to repair the joint.

TMJD Evaluations

Your jaw pain and popping may be cause by serious problems and should be checked by your dentist as soon as possible. If you live in Edmonton, AB and are experiencing some of the symptoms of TMJ and would like more information, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Misconceptions about Dentures

When people hear the word “dentures”, they often think of the loose, uncomfortable appliances their grandparents wore. Yet, with newer technology we have been able to make dentures easier to wear, more comfortable, and more stable than older versions. At Kingsway Family Dentistry, we provide our patients in the Edmonton, AB area the best and most current in denture technology so they can have their functioning, beautiful smile back.

Misconceptions about Dentures

  • They are loose – Many people think dentures are loose and make clacking noises when those wearing them talk or laugh. Our dentures aren’t loose and are custom fitted to each patient in order to achieve a strong and stable bond between the dentures and your gums. If they are loose, it means they aren’t fitting correctly and need to be adjusted.
  • You have to avoid certain foods – With older dentures, it was best to avoid biting into harder foods such as apples and corn on the cob because they didn’t have enough grip to stay in place. With newer dentures, you can eat whatever you want without fear that they will come loose, or worse, fall out while you are eating.
  • They are uncomfortable – Even though it is always best to take your dentures out while you sleep to give your mouth a rest, dentures should never be uncomfortable or painful. Because our dentures are customized to fit your mouth perfectly, they should always be comfortable throughout the day. If you are experiencing pain, see your dentist right away.
  • They look unnatural – When people picture dentures, they often see unrealistically white teeth stuck into unnaturally pink gums. Newer technology has allowed us to give your dentures a more natural look so no one will be able to tell that you are wearing them.

Are Dentures Right for You?

When you lose one or more teeth it can be bad for your oral health and the functionality of your teeth, making you self-conscious of your smile. We can replace all of your missing teeth with natural looking and comfortable dentures. If you would like more information about dentures or to schedule a consultation, please contact Kingsway Family Dentistry.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Usually, brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist are enough to prevent major dental concerns such as gum disease. Yet, due to factors such as genetics, diet, general health, and poor habits, it is still possible for those with good oral hygiene to develop periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can do major damage to the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw bone if it isn’t treated right away. This is why, at Kingsway Dental Centre, we do our best to educate our patients on the early symptoms of gum disease and insist they get immediate dental attention if they experience them.

When is Periodontal Treatment Necessary?

  • Receding gums – The first signs of gum disease are often bleeding, inflamed, and swollen gums. If it isn’t treated and develops into periodontal disease, the gums will start to recede and pull away from your teeth. Eventually, this can lead to teeth becoming loose and falling out. Even with periodontal treatment, your gums won’t grow back and may require grafts to repair.
  • Bone loss – Along with receding gums, periodontal disease will also cause the bone to degenerate as well, allowing the root of the tooth to become loose. If there is too much bone loss, it is possible to lose your teeth. Without periodontal treatment, the bone loss will continue and like receding gums, cannot be repaired without surgery.
  • Halitosis – In most cases, periodontal disease is caused by poor oral hygiene. When food particles and bacteria are not removed with regular brushing and flossing it can lead to halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath. If the bad breath doesn’t go away after a week or two of daily brushing and flossing, it is a good sign that you have periodontal disease and need treatment.

Treating Periodontal Disease

There are many ways to treat periodontal disease, from the use of dental tools to scrape away the infected gum to a soft tissue laser that promotes the reattachment of the gum to your teeth. At Kingsway Dental Centre we use the less invasive and painless laser procedure to remove the thin layer of infected gum. If you live in the Edmonton, AB area and would like to know more about periodontal disease and its treatment, please contact us today!

Finding the Right Dentist in Edmonton, AB

Trying to find a new dentist in the Edmonton, AB area can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are not sure what to look for. It is important to find a dentist that will meet your needs whether you need specific services, flexible hours, or a family dentist. At Kingsway Dental Centre, we do our best to fit the needs of all our patients without having to refer them to another office.

Finding the Right Dentist

  • Services – It is important, when searching for a new dentist, to have some idea of the services you will need in the near future. If you have children, look for a family dentist. If you would like a smile makeover, choose a dentist that has several cosmetic dentistry services. We offer several services from routine cleanings to in-office oral surgery.
  • Convenient hours – It can be difficult to take time off every time you need to see the dentist, especially if you have children that will also require dental care. All that time off can add up quickly, which is why we offer our patients evening and weekend appointments. Your sick time is valuable, and we don’t want you to use it just for your regular cleanings and exams.
  • Reviews – One of the best ways to get information on how good a dental practice is, is by looking up reviews. Generally, people do not hold back when reviewing certain services, and dental reviews are no different. We have great reviews on Yelp, Google, and Facebook so you can see what current patients think about our office, and why they come back.
  • Visit the office – A great way to see if a dental office will be right for you is to visit. Just sitting in the waiting area, getting a feel for the atmosphere, paying attention to how the staff treats patients, and seeing if patients seem happy, can all be helpful in choosing a good dentist.

Call our Edmonton, AB Dental Practice Today

We put our patients first. At Kingsway Dental Centre, we make sure our patients are comfortable, relaxed, and are receiving the best care available. If you would like more information about our office, or to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us today!