A number of side effects and symptoms related to the mouth, head and neck areas may necessitate the need for complex restorative treatment. Acute or chronic dental conditions can lead to other effects that further impact the patient’s overall oral and general health. Certain side effects and symptoms often indicate greater issues that may require complex restorative treatment. These may include:

  • Headaches: While any number of triggers can cause headaches, problems with jaw alignment, teeth grinding habits and occlusion (how the upper and lower teeth come together) quite often lead to chronic or frequent headaches.
  • Teeth Grinding: Grinding of the teeth, whether mild or severe, places unnecessary pressure on the jaw joint, facial muscles and tooth structure. Teeth grinding can cause extensive damage to the teeth and jaw joint if left treated.
  • Jaw Alignment: Proper jaw alignment is crucial not only for functional needs, such as eating, talking and yawning, but also for the health of the tooth structure. Improper jaw alignment creates interferences in how the teeth meet together and can wear down tooth structure over time.
  • Bruxism: Extreme teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism, is a condition responsible for a number issues affecting the mouth, head and neck. Broken or worn teeth, soft tissue damage, head and neck pain, and damage to the jaw joint often result.
  • TMJ: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint located on either side of the head, and connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. TMJ Syndrome, or TMJ Disorder, is a condition affecting this joint and the muscles surrounding it and is often caused by improper jaw alignment, habitual teeth grinding and other parafunctional habits.

When Treatment Is Needed

The presence of these side effects and symptoms often indicates the need for rehabilitation procedures, or complex restorative treatment. A comprehensive examination of the head, neck and mouth areas can determine if these conditions are present and their effects on oral and overall health.

The Risks of Untreated TMJ

February 16, 2018

Pain in the jaw joint, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), is serious. If left untreated, it can become a major obstacle to your overall oral health, and in extreme cases it might take surgical correction to provide relief. When patients talk to a dentist about treating these symptoms early, the negative effects of […]

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What Teens Should Know About TMJ

January 8, 2018

Most think that dental problems primarily effect the elderly population (or those who fail to follow a strict daily oral hygiene regimen). However, there are some dental problems that can develop despite your age and your best efforts at maintaining a healthy smile. In fact, research done by Colgate suggests that teens may be at […]

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Jaw Clicking? It Might Be TMJ

December 13, 2017

Do you have difficulty opening your mouth for your favorite holiday cookies? Do you hear clicking noises from your jaw while comparing holiday recipes? How about pain when you yawn after stuffing yourself with turkey? If you have any of these symptoms, you might be suffering from TMJ. Trust Dr. Tilman Richards, an experienced dentist, […]

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Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

December 6, 2017

Gum disease starts as gingivitis, which may manifest in swollen, red, tender gums. Eventually if it’s left untreated, gingivitis can lead to serious periodontitis that includes loose teeth, infection and even tooth loss. Fortunately, preventing gum disease is easy if you know your risks and the best preventative measures to take. Regular Brushing Preventing gum […]

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Headaches? TMJ Might Be the Culprit

November 6, 2017

Do you notice that you have frequent, unexplained headaches? If so, it is possible that temporomandibular joint problems could be to blame. TMJ is fairly common and is estimated to affect over five percent of the population. It is typically caused by an injury to the jaw joint, teeth grinding, misalignment of the teeth or […]

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3 Best Ways to Prevent Gum Disease

October 11, 2017

When left untreated, periodontitis damages the soft tissues of your mouth. It’s uncomfortable in the early stages, but severe cases result in tooth loss. Here are three ways you can prevent gum disease. Oral Hygiene Gum disease happens when bacteria in the plaque on your teeth infect your mouth. To remove contaminants, brush and floss […]

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Eight Important Signs That You Should See a Dentist

October 10, 2017

Oral and facial pain is a condition that many people live with; unfortunately, few people make the effort to discover the cause of this pain until it becomes a serious problem. This means that many people are living with unnecessary jaw pain caused by TMJ in Frankfort, KY. A dentist like Dr. Peters can help […]

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Unlock the Mysteries of TMJ: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

September 5, 2017

Your mouth is in excruciating, bone-deep pain—but your teeth are healthy and whole. What’s causing your agony? The answer may be Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, more commonly known as TMJ or TMD. The temporomandibular joint is what hinges your lower jaw onto your skull, and allows you to open and close your mouth. When something goes […]

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Dental Issues May Be the Cause of Your Migraines

July 11, 2017

If you suffer from migraines, you have likely looked everywhere for answers and solutions. If your doctor has exhausted all avenues, it may be time to take a different approach. Sometimes these headaches are caused by something your dentist in Arlington, VA, could better diagnose. TMJ One possible cause your dentist may be able to […]

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3 Signs You Need to Visit Your Dentist

March 29, 2017

You have probably heard that you should visit your dentist twice a year in order to maintain optimal health. During your dental visits, you receive thorough cleanings and examinations that are intended to detect signs of oral decay and disease in the earliest stages. Unfortunately, many people fail to see their dentist regularly for a […]

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