When we think of the month of July, we usually think of Independence Day… the 4th of July. But do we think about all the freedoms we have in this country? One of the freedoms we have is the ability to go to the dentist. In many countries, dentist and dental opportunities are non-existent. We in America, take often these conveniences for granted, but we should be thankful that most cities and even small towns offer dentist that can help you keep your smile looking great and will be there for you during any dental emergencies.
When you reflect on your blessings and the great freedoms we experience in our country, let’s not forget to be thankful for our dentist and dental hygienist that work hard to make sure we have the best smile possible. Thank you Dr. Brogdon and Dr. McKinney for your service.
We at Brogdon Dental would like to wish all our veterans, especially those who are our patients, a wonderful Memorial Day. Thank you for your service to our country and for the freedoms we have because of your sacrifices. You are not forgotten. Keep Smiling!
The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD.
What causes TMJ syndrome?
According to medicinenet.com…
The causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Multiple factors contribute to the muscle tightness and dysfunction that characterize this condition. It is not clear whether some of these causes directly lead to TMJ syndrome or if they are a result of the disorder. Causes may include:
- Misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw
- Teeth Grinding
- Poor posture
- Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
- Excessive gum chewing
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Have you ever had a tooth to chip on your coffee cup? Or maybe you were chewing on ice or some popcorn and your crown breaks. Dental Emergencies happen and when they do they’re not any fun. When a dental emergency happens the best thing is to remain calm and don’t panic. Also make sure that it is really a dental emergency.
According to yourdentistyguide.com any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is considered a dental emergency.
Is it a Dental Emergency?
Smoothing a chipped tooth, re-cementing a crown that is not causing pain and composite bonding to repair a tooth are not dental emergencies. Typically, such problems can be dealt with during your dentist’s regular office hours.
If you are not sure whether or not you are having a true dental emergency, answer the following questions:
- Are you bleeding from the mouth?
- Are you in severe pain?
- Do you have any loose teeth?
- Have you been hit in the face or mouth?
- Do you have any swelling in the mouth or facial area?
- Do you have any bulges, swelling or knots on your gums?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be having a dental emergency and should call your dentist immediately. It’s important to describe to your dentist exactly what has happened and what you are feeling.
If you experience extreme pain caused by hot or warm foods or beverages, try drinking ice water. It might relieve the pain. Sip on ice water and hold some in your mouth until you see the dentist. If you are having sensitivity to cold or if it causes pain to breathe in air, avoid cold foods and beverages. Breathe through your nose and call your dentist’s office. If you experience pain in a tooth when biting down, it might indicate an abscess. This is an emergency and you should call your dentist’s office.
If you experience an emergency we are here for you. Call our emergency number 423-605-7009 as soon as possible.