TMJ Disorder Signs and Symptoms

TMJ disorder Dallas, TX

TMJ Disorder (TMD, TMJD) is a condition that significantly reduces the function of your temporomandibular joints — that is, the joints on either side of your mouth, just in front of either ear. Although it’s fairly common to experience TMJ pain from time to time, clinical TMD can be extremely inhibitive and uncomfortable for a long period of time.

 

If you suspect that you could have TMJ disorder/TMJD, here’s what to look for:

 

Limited Range of Motion

 

Someone with TMJ disorder will usually be unable to open their mouth as wide as they used to. It could even be painful to close their teeth together and apply pressure while chewing. If you can’t open your mouth without discomfort, it could be due to joint abnormalities.

 

Clicking or Popping Jaw

 

Depending on the anatomy inside of your TMJ, the disc may pop or click when you’re opening and closing your mouth. Audible noises aren’t normal. There could even be a slight crepitation/grinding noise if the bone is unhealthy.

 

TMD Pain, Headaches, or Earaches

 

Chronic TMJD pain can cause migraine headache symptoms, ear pain, and muscle aches through your neck and shoulders. If you’re prone to clenching and grinding your teeth or suffer from sleep apnea, you’ll probably also notice worn or flat teeth.

 

Deviation to One Side

 

TMJD alters the natural patterns of motion in your mandible. When you open and close, you might notice your jaw deviating to one side instead of moving straight up and down.

 

Request a Professional Evaluation

 

Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery has onsite 3D CT scanning technology, allowing us to see directly into your TMJ to evaluate the tissues, ligaments, and bone tissue from every angle. If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMJ pain, contact our office today to request a consultation.

The Full Mouth Rehabilitation Experience

Full mouth rehabilitation Dallas, TX

Do you have multiple missing teeth? Perhaps you’re currently suffering from extensive periodontal disease, broken teeth, or already wear dentures and you’re just hoping for a complete “overhaul” of your smile. With Full Mouth Rehabilitation (aka Full Mouth Restoration or “FMR”) you can reconstruct your overall bite so that it is both functional as well as attractive.

 

An Individualized Experience

 

What is it that you need from a smile makeover? Is your goal to replace all of your teeth with dental implants, fill out your facial profile for a more youthful appearance, or give yourself the gift of a permanent restoration that doesn’t have to come out at the end of the day?

 

At Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery, we work with you one-on-one to discuss the possibilities. Your full mouth reconstruction experience will be one that incorporates the best implant therapies and restorations for your unique circumstances. So, whether you’re trying to work within a specific timeframe or at a certain budget, we’ll provide you with the best options to choose from.

 

Full-Mouth Results

 

One of the most unique facets of a full mouth rehabilitation experience is that we’re not picking and choosing areas to address on a tooth-by-tooth basis. Everything is planned as a part of the comprehensive experience. As such, you can expect your bite to align properly and harmoniously, allowing for the best function and performance.

 

Additionally, being that the restorations are integrated into the same care plan, you can play a more hands-on role in how you want your smile’s permanent characteristics to appear. Perhaps we’re hoping to achieve a certain size, shape, or color across your entire bite. It’s best to plan those types of smile makeovers as a whole, rather than one tooth at a time.

 

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Contact Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery to reserve an exam and consultation.

Is Dental Anxiety Getting in the Way of Your Oral Surgery?

Overcoming dental anxiety for oral surgery

Dental anxiety, regardless of how “mild” or “severe” it may feel, can often be a barrier when it comes to accessing the dental treatment you deserve. Even if you know you need a particular procedure performed, just one bad experience from the past can prevent you from even scheduling a consultation with your dentist.

 

It’s no different when it comes to specialized procedures like oral surgery, wisdom tooth removal, or dental implant placement. And as with many oral health conditions, delaying treatment can lead to more aggressive care needs and additional expenses.

 

Overcoming Dental Anxiety (Oral Surgery)

 

There are two important things to keep in mind when you’re struggling with dental anxiety:

 

One is to find a passionate, gentle oral surgery center in DFW that’s committed to your comfort and a high quality of care. Meeting a Dallas oral surgeon one-on-one may be the only peace of mind you need.

 

Two, ask about the oral surgeon’s sedation methods and options. How do they work? Will you sleep through the entire appointment? Is there a chance you’ll remember anything? What is the recovery like?

 

Although there are various types of sedation dentistry used throughout the greater DFW area, an oral surgery specialist will be able to provide you with the deepest, most relaxing, and safe anesthesia options without having to visit a hospital.

 

Meet Our DFW Oral Surgeon

 

Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery offers the convenience of close-to-home care with the skilled hands of a highly-experienced oral surgery expert. We’re conveniently located in south DFW near the center of Mansfield, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Ellis, and Hill County.

 

Contact us today to reserve a private oral surgery evaluation. We’re happy to help!

 

 

How Easy is it to Care for Dental Implants?

How do you take care of dental implants?

Curious about what it’s like to take care of dental implants every day? Dental implant maintenance is easier than you probably think!

 

Just Like Caring for Natural Teeth

 

It’s true. When you’re learning how to take care of dental implants it’s nearly identical to how you look after natural, anatomical teeth.

 

Plan to brush your implants twice a day, using a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft toothbrush. Electric brushes are even better, as they remove additional plaque buildup and help stimulate blood flow in your gum tissues.

 

Dental implants need to be flossed at least once a day. As with a natural tooth, wrap the floss in a “C” shape and slide it up and down either side of your implant. If you have a multi-tooth implant restoration such as a bridge or All-on-4 treatment, you can either use a floss treader or swap it out entirely and use a water flossing device instead.

 

Dental Checkup Frequency

 

Although they can’t get cavities, you’ll still want to take care of dental implants by scheduling a checkup with your dentist every six months. These bi-annual visits will allow your implant specialist or family dentist to monitor the integrity of your implant support. Plus, your hygienist can also use special tools to clean away any buildup or stain that may have accumulated since the last appointment.

 

Dental Implants DFW, Dallas, Ellis County

 

Investing in dental implants is one of the best things you can do for your smile’s future. With an option that’s as easy to care for as natural teeth, you can’t go wrong! Contact Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery today to find out if dental implants are right for you.

I Need an Oral Biopsy: What Should I Do?

An oral biopsy answers a lot of questions about the unknown.

“What is a biopsy?”

“Should I be concerned?”

“Is it something cancerous?”

“What’s in that cyst?”

“Will the biopsy hurt?”

 

Early diagnosis of suspicious lesions is one of the best ways to effectively treat oral disease. The sooner concerning tissues can be pinpointed, the better success that you can have in treating the condition. That’s why dentists frequently refer their patients to our Midlothian specialist to have a biopsy performed.

 

Biopsies tell us exactly what type of tissues are inside of a specific area. Once they’re collected, we send the tissue samples to a lab for microscopic diagnosis. Within a couple of weeks, we have the results back and can interpret the data for our patients. The type of cells present will determine the standard of care for that particular lesion, growth, or cyst.

 

Some types of biopsies can be taken using a small brush or numbing the tissues and using a punch-type tool to remove a small portion of tissue. Others are deeper inside of the bone and may require a short surgery with sedation to access them.

 

When you need a biopsy, you also want peace of mind knowing that a professional is taking all of the guess-work out of the process. That’s why so many dentists in the Ellis and Dallas County areas send their patients to a specialist. At Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery, we offer biopsy services to help identify pathological tissues and map out a strategic health plan for the patient, pending the final diagnosis.

 

If you are looking for the best oral surgeon in the Southern Dallas, Ellis, Tarrant or Hill County region, contact Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery to schedule a consultation with our highly-experienced specialist. We’re here to give you the peace of mind you need and the answers you deserve!

Does it Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

Today’s dental implants (Midlothian) are the next best thing to having natural teeth. Their integrity, streamlined design, and biocompatibility are superior to any other type of tooth replacement. Yet, many people are hesitant about dental implant treatment because of unknowns. For instance, how comfortable can the process actually be?

 

 

“Easier Than Having a Tooth Removed”

 

The minimally invasive nature of a single-tooth dental implant treatment makes the process quite more comfortable than most people realize. In fact, in some situations (each patient must be accessed separately, of course) it’s possible to place an implant using only local anesthetic. Then again, a majority of people prefer to have some type of sedation during their surgery, simply to “tune things out.”

 

All of that being said, if you’ve ever had a tooth extracted you can rest easy. Getting a dental implant and the brief recovery afterward is typically easier than a routine extraction.

 

 

Readily Accepted by Your Body

 

The biocompatibility of implants naturally attracts the surrounding bone tissues around them. This characteristic allows the implant to integrate with your bone and become a permanent part of your smile. After the implant is placed, you’ll want to wait a few months for it to fully integrate. However, the only irritation you’re likely to notice is in the gums at the site of placement. Fortunately, gum tissue heals quite quickly, so we’ll set you up with everything you need to minimize irritation in the meantime.

 

 

What About More Complex Cases? 

 

When it comes to replacing multiple teeth or full-arch restoration, the dental implant process can be a bit more complex. The great news is that thanks to 3D imaging, sedation dentistry, and the help of an implant specialist on your side, you can enjoy a comfortable and predictable experience.

 

Call Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery today to reserve your dental implant consultation.

 

 

Spring Break Wisdom Tooth Removal

spring break wisdom tooth removal

Do you have a college student coming home for spring break? Maybe you and your high-schooler are planning a “staycation” during the school holiday because of the pandemic. Whatever your spring break plans are, it’s also a great time to fit in those extra “to-dos” your family has had to put off for a while. In this case, wisdom tooth removal.

 

Scheduling a spring break wisdom tooth extraction — or one just before the holiday — can give your student enough time to recover and get back to school the following week.

 

 

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

 

Ask your son or daughter if they’ve been struggling with:

 

  • Sore gums in the back of their mouth
  • Swelling or stiffness near their jaw
  • Pressure
  • Irritation behind their back teeth
  • Getting food caught in the back of their mouth
  • Trouble brushing and flossing

 

Since partially-erupted and impacted wisdom teeth are at high risk for complications, it’s best to remove them before neighboring teeth are compromised as well.

 

 

Fit Your Consultation in Now

 

Schedule a brief exam and consultation with our Midlothian oral surgeon to find out if a wisdom tooth procedure is necessary. You can ask your current dentist for a referral or contact us directly! We serve families in Ellis, Dallas, and surrounding counties.  Be sure to bring a copy of your insurance card (if you have access to it) so that we may provide you with a detailed treatment plan that will include an estimate of your out of pocket costs.

 

If your teen or college student does need their wisdom teeth removed, we can reserve an appointment time that fits their busy schedule. Whether it’s spring break, a Friday just before a long weekend, or even at the beginning of the summer, we’ll make sure that there’s plenty of time for R&R after their procedure.

 

Contact Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery today to reserve your family’s appointment.

4 Benefits of Investing in Dental Implants

Do you have missing teeth? Dental implants are one of — if not THE — best way to replace them. But if you’re still weighing all of your options, be sure to give these four benefits some thought before you make your final decision.

 

1. They Outperform Other Restorations

The modern dental implant is stronger than any other type of restoration on the market. In fact, they’re stronger than anatomical teeth (but don’t use that as an excuse to use them for opening things!)

2. Dental Implants Reinforce Your Tooth Alignment

The shape and placement of the implant help support their neighboring teeth. Instead of teeth tilting into the open space, they’re reinforced for the long-term. In turn, the surrounding bone stays healthier and as a side effect, your facial profile looks fuller than it would with missing teeth.

 

3. Eat Whatever You Want

With a removable partial or denture, you have to adjust your diet. With dental implants that isn’t the case. Enjoy a juicy steak, bite straight into a crispy apple, and chew gum if you feel like it (sugar free, of course.) Dental implants give you the freedom to maintain a balanced diet and enjoy all of your favorite foods. It’s almost like having your real teeth all over again.

 

4. Designed to Last a Lifetime

When maintained properly, your new dental implants have the potential to last an entire lifetime. All you have to do is brush and floss them daily, schedule regular dental checkups, and keep the gums and bone around them healthy. They truly offer the best return on investment when it comes to tooth replacement.

 

Dental Implants in Midlothian, Cedar Hill

Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery is conveniently located between Cedar Hill and Midlothian at the Ellis and Dallas County line. Call us today to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

 

Impacted Canines: Causes and Treatment

Canines, cuspids, and “eye teeth.” Each of these names refer to those four more pointed teeth that are located in the corners of our smile (just past our front incisors). Their shape makes them ideal for cutting and tearing into firmer food textures, such as meat.

 

In a typical scenario, permanent adult canines erupt between the ages of 9-12, with upper canines being some of the last adult teeth to come in. But if these teeth fail to erupt properly in line with its neighbors, it could become partially or fully impacted. It’s estimated that around 2% of people will suffer from impacted canines.

 

 

What Causes Impacted Canines?

 

Any tooth can become impacted if it doesn’t have adequate room to erupt. Perhaps your child lost a baby tooth prematurely, causing the neighboring teeth to tilt inward. Or maybe they have a narrow jaw that restricts adequate spacing for larger adult teeth. As a result, the canine either becomes impacted up into the bone or may even partially erupt much higher up through the gum tissues, above the other teeth.

 

These teeth have some of the longest, thickest roots of all teeth in the mouth. Without professional intervention, the tooth will not be able to come down into a proper biting relationship (occlusion) with other teeth in your mouth.

 

 

Impacted Canine Treatment

 

The typical protocol for impacted canines is to uncover part of the tooth’s crown (which is the portion of tooth you typically see when you’re smiling.) At that point an orthodontic appliance can be affixed, so that the tooth can be guided downward into the appropriate position.

 

Unfortunately, the longer treatment is delayed, the more complex it will become. Early attention is essential.

 

 

Request a Consultation

 

Contact Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery to learn more about how we can help.

Top 4 Side Effects of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, removing them can be a proactive way to ensure the best scenario for your overall smile. Here are four common side-effects that we see from fully or partially-impacted third molars:

 

 

Pressure and Discomfort

Wisdom tooth pain is the primary reason why people seek out care. The pressure of erupting wisdom teeth — especially when there’s a lack of space in the jaw — can be compounded by infection or developmental cysts. Discomfort may come and go over several months, but chronic irritation usually will not resolve on its own.

 

Damage to Adjacent Teeth

Any time you have a wisdom tooth that’s pushing into the roots of its neighbor, you run the risk of permanent damage to that tooth. Depending on the scenario, the neighboring tooth’s roots may start to resorb (shrink). In the end, the life expectancy of your other tooth may be inhibited.

 

Crowded Teeth

As impacted wisdom teeth push forward, they exert pressure on the other teeth in your mouth. Gradually this chain reaction of forceful pressure can lead to changes in your overall tooth alignment (which is a significant concern if you’ve already been through orthodontic treatment.) The first place you’ll notice side-effects will probably be in your lower front teeth, with mild crowding or overlapping developing over a period of months.

 

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

If your wisdom teeth are partially-erupted, the portion that’s visible above the gumlines is extremely difficult to keep clean. Even with everyday brushing and flossing, partially-erupted wisdom teeth tend to be highly susceptible to cavities and periodontal infections. Removing them is usually best.

 

 

Ellis County Impacted Wisdom Teeth Consultation

 

Texas Institute of Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery provides comprehensive wisdom tooth consultations and removal. Reserve a consultation with us today.