You know that you’re supposed to be doing something to protect your TMJ (temporomandibular jaw joint) health, when it turns out your jaw joints are at risk of damage. However, if you aren’t very familiar (or at all familiar) with this part of your anatomy, then you may not have a very easy time connecting the dots. What’s going on, what are the potential consequences, and what are you supposed to be doing, you may wonder to yourself? Of course, our Livonia, MI team can take your questions on and provide you with a quick, streamlined explanation in terms of what you may need to do (and why) to keep the entirety of your oral health on track!
It’s easy to make assumptions about your smile. Unfortunately, when you make guesses about your oral health, dental care, and all that you can achieve with our Livonia, MI team’s help, you often overlook a wealth of opportunities that could really benefit you! You may also overlook some potential harm-causing culprits that you can easily avoid! So, we encourage you to take stock of some details that are always true for you and your smile, no matter your current state of smile health, age, etc. Here we go!
Grinding your teeth isn’t always a telltale sign of trouble. In fact, most people do it on occasion, and if your child’s teeth are healthy, then the occasional grinding may not affect them much. However, when children grind their teeth constantly, it may be a sign of a condition known as bruxism. Besides chronic teeth-grinding, your child might also experience difficulty biting and chewing, heightened levels of tooth sensitivity, trouble sleeping, and more that could indicate a serious underlying issues. At our Livonia, MI, dental office, we may be able to address those issues and help your child stop teeth-grinding with orthotropic treatment. (more…)
The technology has allowed us to understand about oral health, the better we’ve been able to detect, analyze, and address issues that used to be undiagnosable. For example, orthotropics is the comprehensive examination, study, diagnosis, and treatment of issues involving the growth and alignment of your child’s oral and facial structures. At our office, we utilize a variety of orthotropic aligners to help correct this growth and development. Orthotropics can help minimize children’s risks of sleep apnea and other conditions that can occur when facial and oral structures aren’t aligned properly. (more…)
Sometimes, thinking about what you can do for your smile and realizing that you probably should be doing something can feel overwhelming. It’s often not for any reason other than the fact that instead of taking things one step at a time, you feel compelled to do everything all at once. The result? You may end up feeling frustrated, giving up for the day, and announcing that you’ll get started tomorrow instead. Rather than fall into the trap of procrastination, our Livonia, MI team encourages you to consider one thing you can do in terms of smile care today. Do this every day and you’ll be on track in no time!
You’ve probably heard of oral appliance therapy before, particularly if you’ve been dealing with something that needs help but that isn’t treatable with restorative care. Did you know that whether you’re having trouble with the way your jaw joints are working, being able to sleep through the night, and more, there is often one simple approach to your oral health that will make things better? As mentioned, it’s with the help of an appliance you may know better as a mouthguard and our Livonia, MI team is happy to remove the mystery, so you can get back to a healthy grin soon.
Does your child seem snore or seem to have trouble sleeping? Do they feel exhausted during the day, get moody often, or seem to have behavioral issues at home and/or school? There are many different, wide-ranging consequences of conditions that affect your child’s sleep. For example, if your child has trouble breathing while they sleep, it may be due to an issue resulting from an abnormality in their oral and/or facial structures. At our Livonia, MI, dental office, we offer customized orthotropic treatment to address such issues and help your child recover from those consequences. (more…)
If you’re experiencing headaches and they’re not just something that shows up very occasionally, then it’s worth investigating. This type of discomfort is a sign that something is off, whether it’s allergy-related, stress-related, associated with your oral health, or otherwise! What’s that, you say? You didn’t realize that your smile could play a role in the way your head feels and chronic discomfort? As a matter of fact, it can! For some enlightening information that may help you fix not only an underlying smile concern but also those very achy moments that can soon become just a memory, come in for a visit at our Livonia, MI practice!
Not every child experiences issues with their oral and facial development, but for those that do, orthotropic treatment is often the most effective and comprehensive way to address it. Orthotropics is the study and treatment of conditions that affect the proper growth and development of these structures, and treatment involves the use of various aligners and appliances designed specifically for your child. At our Livonia, MI, dental office, we can help your child avoid the potential consequences of improper oral and facial growth, and we’ll take time to help you and your child understand what to expect from orthotropic treatment. (more…)
So, you know that you have TMJ disorder. You know that it’s very important to treat this functional disorder because if you don’t, the long-term strain of your jaw joints may lead to damage. However, you have also recently learned that you’re also suffering from something called bruxism disorder, which you’ve discovered is grinding and clenching you cannot control. What are you supposed to do at this point, you ask our Livonia, MI team? The lovely news is that we can offer you all of the answers you need to keep your oral health safe!