Periodontal disease is the leading cause of bone loss in the oral cavity, though there are others, such as ill-fitting dentures and facial trauma. The bone grafting procedure is an excellent way to replace lost bone tissue and encourage natural bone growth. Bone grafting is a versatile and predictable procedure that fulfills a wide variety of functions.
A bone graft may be required to create a stable base for dental implant placement, halt the progression of gum disease, or make the smile appear more aesthetically pleasing.
Bone grafting is where the jawbone is built up to accommodate a dental implant or other restorative devices. Bone grafting is a standard procedure that is used frequently for dental implants and other periodontal procedures. The bone used to graft is taken from a sample from the patient.
If you have questions about bone grafting, feel free to contact our office today!
How does TMJ disorder occur?
TMJ disorder/TMD encompasses a wide range of jaw joint dysfunctions. As the mechanisms that connect the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) allow you to chew, yawn, and speak with ease. When factors such as teeth clenching, grinding, arthritis, or inflammation prevent the TMJs from working properly, this impairment can manifest in headaches, jaw pain, as well as a clicking/popping noise when the mouth opens. An accurate diagnosis is critical for successful treatment.
Our Victoria dentists are experienced in the identification and treatment of TMD.
Most times if the problem is muscular or within the joint, it will get better over time. For this reason our Victoria dentists use conservative treatments first. But in some cases, surgery or other procedures, such as injections, may be recommended.
What are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
Cases of TMJ disorder often range in severity and symptoms may affect one or both sides of the face. They can be temporary or exacerbate with time, depending on the unique physiology of your oral structures. In general, patients often experience:
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Locking or stiffness of the jaw
- Difficulty chewing
- Headaches and migraines
- A tired feeling in the face
- Sore facial muscles
- Pain in the jaw, head, temples, neck, or shoulders
- Swelling on the side(s) of the face
- A ringing in the ears
For more information about TMJ treatment, please contact Moss Dental in Victoria to schedule your appointment.
This type of sedation is achieved without any needles. Instead, you simply take a prescribed dose of medication about an hour before your appointment. Several oral agents developed especially for these purposes are safe and have been used for decades for dental procedures.
This method has been used in dentistry for over a century and is considered completely safe, even for its use in children. With a mask placed over your nose, you breathe in nitrous oxide – also referred to as “laughing gas.” This classic sedation type effectively relaxes patients quickly and wears off rapidly once the mask is removed.
Sedation dentistry will help you feel more comfortable during your treatment. Our experienced dentist and dental team will ensure that your entire treatment is safe. Each member of our team is highly trained, and we will carefully monitor you during your visit.