Facts You Didn’t Know About Wisdom Teeth

Facts You Didnt Know About Wisdom Teeth

There are many questions surrounding wisdom teeth, why some people get them, why some don’t and what the point of them actually is. The latest blog post from Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center discusses wisdom teeth facts in further detail, giving you more insight into these molars.

Age

According to the NHS, most people have all of their permanent teeth between the ages of 12 and 14. However, the wisdom teeth may begin to appear anywhere between the ages of 17 and 25 in most cases.

Will I Get Wisdom Teeth?

Not everyone will get wisdom teeth and the gene PAX9 plays a large role in determining if you will have these teeth come through. In some cases, only two of the teeth may develop whilst the other two never fully appear.

Are Wisdom Teeth A Problem?

The short answer to this question is no. Whilst some people do experience problems with their wisdom teeth, not everyone does and they can live happily in the mouth without causing any issues.

Wisdom teeth may cause issues if there is no room for them to grow and they become impacted. If the molar is difficult to clean and becomes decayed or begins to cause you pain, you may want or need the tooth taken out.

Are Wisdom Teeth Useful?

Wisdom teeth were useful in prehistoric times when humans would largely survive on meat that required a lot of chewing. Now our pallets are a bit more refined, our third molars don’t actually play much of a role anymore.

Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

Here at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we provide a wide range of both general and cosmetic dental treatments to help you feel your very best.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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What Will Happen If I Need a Tooth Extracted?

What Will Happen If I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Here at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we do everything to save natural teeth and extraction is absolutely the last resort. Treatment may include fillings, crowns or root canal therapy for badly infected teeth, but sometimes the damage is too extensive and it is best to remove the tooth.

What to Expect During and After Tooth Extraction

If you do need to have a tooth extraction then there is no need to worry that it will be painful as we will make sure this procedure is as smooth and as comfortable for you as we can. Most tooth extractions are performed under just a local anesthetic as the actual procedure is relatively quick. Before we begin treatment, we will have taken a dental x-ray as this allows us to plan the best way to remove the tooth. We will also need to chat to you about your general health, just to make sure you are not taking any medications that could interfere with this treatment.

After the tooth is removed, it is normal to feel slight discomfort once the anesthetic wears off but you should be able to easily bring this under control with over-the-counter painkillers. Some people experience minimal discomfort, particularly with straightforward tooth extractions but if the extraction was more complex then you may have some swelling and it can be helpful to use an ice pack on the outside of your face to help reduce it. It is important to look after the empty socket that used to contain your tooth as if stitches were not necessary then a blood clot will have begun forming soon after the tooth was removed. This blood clot protects the empty socket against infection so it is vital not to disturb it. You will need to avoid the extraction site when you brush your teeth and it can be useful to stick to soft foods that are less likely to get stuck around this area. If you smoke, it’s best to quit for a while as it does slow down healing.

Most people will find healing is pretty quick and uneventful and you should find that any discomfort quickly disappears after the first few days. If you find the area is becoming more painful then it’s a good idea to contact your Indianapolis Oral Surgeon as it is just possible you may have a condition called dry socket. This only affects a tiny percentage of people and is easily treated by cleaning out socket and dressing it to help it feel more comfortable, but it will slightly slow down healing.

Thinking about Ways to Replace Your Tooth

Once you have had a tooth removed, it is important to consider replacing it as soon as you can and our dentist in Indianapolis can discuss all suitable options with you so you are able to make a fully informed choice. Dental bridges are one possibility but dental implants are also worth a look. Even a single missing tooth can make a difference to your remaining natural teeth, allowing them to shift out of position and potentially affecting your bite.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

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Tips for Recovering from a Tooth Extraction in Indianapolis

Tips for Recovering from a Tooth Extraction

Preparing for a tooth extraction? No need to worry. Here are some helpful aftercare tips to ensure a smooth recovery.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons why dentists will recommend the removal of a tooth such as impacted wisdom teeth or crowding.

In the case of wisdom teeth, your dentist will recommend extraction if they are not growing in straight. This can cause discomfort as well as interfere with the overall health of your mouth. Crooked teeth can force the rest of your teeth to shift, causing discomfort, bite problems, and even affect the appearance of your smile.

Other reasons for extraction may include excessive tooth decay, an abscessed or infected tooth, and crowding. In some cases, the removal of one or more teeth may be necessary in preparation for braces to make room for the rest of the teeth to move into place.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Your dentist will schedule your extraction ahead of time and ensure that you feel comfortable during your appointment. Depending on the nature and length of the procedure, the dentist will provide numbing anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. They can also provide other forms of sedation depending on your anxiety level.

Stronger sedation is often recommended if you will be having more than one tooth removed or, as in the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the tooth is trapped in the jaw bone. Sedation can range from being completely conscious to fully asleep. The dentist will discuss your options to make sure the proper arrangements are made prior and during your appointment.

In a basic extraction, the tooth is rocked using an elevator and removed with dental forceps. For molars and impacted teeth, surgical extraction is required. Surgical extraction begins with an incision in the gums following anesthetic. Your dentist will remove gum and bone tissues covering the tooth and use forceps to remove the tooth. Because this is more complex, they will likely recommend general anesthetic to keep you completely comfortable.

The extraction will leave a “socket” that will be packed with gauze to help slow any bleeding. In more severe cases, stitches will be used to seal the incision. The sutures used will dissolve within 10 to 14 days.

Aftercare Following a Tooth Extraction

Healing following an extraction can take from seven to 10 days depending on the severity of the procedure i.e., if stitches were required, and if the tooth was above or below the gumline. The most important step following extraction is to ensure you the blood clot that forms naturally in the socket is kept in place. If dislodged too soon, it will create a dry socket which is very uncomfortable and can lead to infection.

To keep the healing time to a minimum, follow these steps:

  • Take prescribed painkillers following your dentist’s instructions
  • Do not remove the gauze pad until at least three to four hours after the extraction
  • Apply a bag of frozen peas to the jaw on the affected area in 10 minutes intervals.

Although it might feel good, refrain from keeping it on for longer than 10 minutes at a time or it may cause damage to the tissue.

  • Depending on the procedure, you may need to take time off work or school following the extraction
  • Limit physical activity for a couple of days
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not lay flat, and prop your head up with pillows when resting or sleeping
  • Avoid the extraction area when brushing or flossing
  • Do not rinse, use a straw or spit for 24 hours to avoid dislodging the blood clot

Rinsing After a Tooth Extraction

Rinse your mouth with warm water and salt after 24 hours. Boil one cup of water and add a level teaspoon of salt. Allow the water to cool to a warm temperature and then hold the water in your mouth for one minute, swish it around gently, and let the water trickle out of your mouth instead of spitting. It’s messy, yes, but it will be less uncomfortable.

Soft Food Diet

You will have to (and probably want to) avoid solid food for a week during the healing process. Ideal foods include:

  • Blended soups
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed foods such as banana, potatoes, avocado, etc.
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Broth

Smoothies are an excellent option as long as you DON’T drink them with a straw!

Pain Management after a Tooth Extraction

It is hard to avoid discomfort and soreness following an extraction. You will most likely have some swelling and even slight bruising on your face. Your dentist will prescribe painkillers to help manage the discomfort and may suggest certain over-the-counter medications. The good news is you can expect to see the discomfort subside and within two to three days you will feel much better!

All should go well as long as you follow the aftercare steps properly. However, if you experience any of the following issues, call your dentist immediately:

  • Fresh or continued bleeding after 24 hours
  • Pain that is not managed with the prescribed medication
  • Abnormal swelling

Your dentist will want to see you as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of infection or manage infection before it progresses.

All in all, you should be fine within a week. You will see new tissue grow at the extraction site and discomfort will disappear.

For more inquiries about Extractions in Indianapolis, IN, call us at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. You can also visit us at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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What Is the Best Way to Treat TMJ in Indianapolis?

What Is the Best Way to Treat TMJ in Indianapolis?

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint on either side of the jaw that enables the jaw to open, close, move from side to side and move forwards. Our temporomandibular joints are subject to a disorder known as TMJ disorder (or TMJ for short), which can affect just one or both joints.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

The most common symptoms of TMJ disorder include limited jaw movement, inability to open the mouth or difficulty in doing so, “lock” jaw, noises such as clicking or grating coming from the joints, toothache or teeth sensitivity, difficulty chewing or discomfort when doing so, jaw pain, or pain in the muscles associated with jaw movement.

What is the Cause?

The exact cause of TMJ disorder is not always identifiable. Some suggested factors include clenching or grinding of the teeth (also known as bruxism), mental stress, injuries to the jaw joints, and conditions such as arthritis.

Treatments for TMJ Disorder

Treatments are available to relieve the most common symptoms and restore function. Once a diagnosis has been made by your health professional, there are many possible treatment options to consider, and the best way to treat TMJ disorders may be one or a combination of the following.

#1 Occlusal Splint Therapy

This involves a custom-made guard, or splint, to fit your upper or lower teeth. It is usually worn at night. This treatment is intended not only to alleviate your symptoms but also to protect your teeth from further damage if you are prone to clenching and grinding.

#2 Physiotherapy

This can be used to address muscular discomfort associated with TMJ disorders, and your clinician may suggest exercises designed to increase strength and ease movement.

#3 Other Conservative Treatments

That may be suggested include placing warm or cold packs in areas that are tender, modifying your diet (avoid eating hard or chewy foods), managing stress and using pain-relief and/or anti-inflammatory medications.

In some instances where the above conservative methods of treatment have been used but symptoms persist, you may be referred to a specialist in TMJ disorders; and in rare cases surgery may be performed by an oral & maxillofacial surgeon if appropriate.

Talk To A Dentist In Indianapolis

If you think you might have TMD or another oral health issue, make an appointment at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders, and we’ll work with you to develop the most suitable treatment plan.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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Why Oral Surgeons May Recommend a Bone Graft Before Dental Implants?

Why an Oral Surgeon May Recommend a Bone Graft Before Dental Implants?

A dental implant is the most effective and durable replacement for a missing tooth. However, in some cases, it’s necessary to prepare your mouth for a dental implant. Since the implant is metal inserted into the jaw, the patient needs to have firm enough bone tissues to accommodate the metal. If the bone is gone altogether, your Indianapolis Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will recommend adding a bone graft before implants.

Insufficient Bone Structure

Bones that support teeth are called alveolar bones. In the case of a broken tooth, the alveolar bone can be damaged or broken together with the tooth. Further, if your tooth was extracted, the alveolar bone beneath it will soon decay, since it doesn’t have a function anymore. The jawbone can also be too soft or not thick enough to hold the implant. In all these cases, your oral surgeons will suggest that he or she first add a bone graft and then move on with the dental implant procedure.

Different Types of Grafts

Not all bone grafts are the same. Depending on the condition of your gum and jaw, the surgeon can go for one of the following bone grafts.
If the alveolar bone under the missing tooth is still there, you’ll get a socket graft. It will preserve the alveolar bone and make it suitable for a dental implant.
Patients with more severe damage in the jawbone will need a block bone graft. It takes this name because surgeons take a small piece of bone from the root of your jaw and transplant it into the tooth socket. The block bone graft is then attached to the jawbone with titanium screws.
A lateral ridge preservation graft adds to the width of the jaw so that this structure becomes large enough for the dental implants.
If you’re a healthy person without any chronic health issues, all these bone grafts can be accepted from bones in your body.
For all these types of dental bone grafts, the healing period is between four and six months.

The Bone Grafting Procedure

When the oral and maxillofacial surgeon opens your gum, he or she will screw the graft to your jaw. As in many other surgical procedures performed on a human body, they’ll use titanium screws. After the graft has been attached to your jaw, the surgeon will stitch up the incision, and you’ll go home. You won’t feel any pain during the surgery because you’ll to be sedated.
However, you may need to take some painkillers for the next day or two. Also, you’ll might get antibiotics to prevent infection.
After you get the bone graft, you must wait for the end of osseointegration, the process in which the living bone and the added structure grow together. This period isn’t the same for all patients that get a bone graft, especially if more than one graft has been installed.

Conclusion

If you don’t have enough natural bone structure in your tooth socket, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will suggest that you get a bone graft. After you’ve received your graft, you need to wait for this piece and your bone to unite. There is no need of being afraid of this process. Just go to regular checkups, listen to your surgeon, and you won’t have any problems with your bone graft!

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal Options

Wisdom Teeth Removal Options

So you’ve found out (or suspect) that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. You’ve also heard a few stories from friends, family, or coworkers about how it may not be a very pleasant experience and are therefore looking at the best possible options. While there is no magical alternative to the act of extracting wisdom teeth, there are indeed things to consider before taking the step. Today, we address those considerations so that you can make a more informed choice about your up and coming wisdom tooth/teeth removal.

Options Available to Patients in Need of Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Anesthesia Options

This is no normal tooth extraction. Your wisdom teeth are likely impacted (they don’t have enough room to come in properly) which is why you’re experiencing either pain, discomfort, swelling, or a combination of the above. There are three types of wisdom tooth impaction, including soft tissue impaction, partial bony impaction, and complete bony impaction. We won’t go into explicit details of each (but you can find them here), as all you really need to know is that the procedure to remove them is more complicated than it is for other teeth. The procedure more than likely requires the removal of some bone and gum tissue, and since it is preferred that all four wisdom teeth be removed in one visit, anesthesia and sedation is recommended during the procedure. This is where your options come in.

There are four general options, and their necessity (or lack thereof) will depend upon the predicted complexity of the procedure and your own level of comfort. These options include:

  • Local Anesthesia – Your specialist or oral surgeon will apply a numbing substance to your gums, and as soon as it takes effect, will inject a local anesthesia near each site of extraction, which will serve to block the pain sensation during your procedure. This is the most common option, and is administered with great care (for your comfort) at our clinic.
  • Conscious Sedation – Conscious sedation suppresses your consciousness during the wisdom tooth removal, allowing you to be pain free with little to no memory of the appointment, which is compounded by that fact that you may fall asleep during some of the procedure. Conscious sedation can be delivered either via oral medication, or through an IV. This option is worth considering if you are feeling very fearful of the procedure, and/or have a strong gag reflex that could complicate and/or significantly extend the procedure. Cost for sedation will vary by patient, but given that it is typically covered by dental insurance, the price may be a moot point. It is important to note that in going this route, you will need someone with you to take you home after the appointment.
  • General Anesthesia – This option tasks a combination of oral and IV medications to sedate you into near or complete unconsciousness. You will feel no pain and you will awake with no memory of the procedure.
  • Laughing Gas – Yes, it sure sounds fun, but it’s also a highly effective means to delivering a pain and stress free wisdom teeth extraction. Laughing gas, technically known as nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia, is a controlled combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen that is administered via a mask placed over your nose. Laughing gas gets its name from the relaxed and at-times silly state that it puts the patient in, which results not only in a pain free experience but one without the nerves to boot. Laughing gas’ effects wear off quite quickly, which means that you can head home safely on your own after the procedure, unless you have taken it in combination with an oral medication, at which point you should have a companion with you.

So how are you to know which option suits you best? This can only come from a consultation with a dental specialist, someone who will take the time to learn your dental and medical history, while gauging your personality and stress levels to make an official recommendation. View more on the role of a specialist below.

Dentist or Dental Specialist / Oral Surgeon Options

Your next consideration, is whether to go to a general dentist or a dental specialist / oral surgeon.

While a family dentist has the basic training and tools to remove your wisdom teeth, there is a distinguishing difference between a general dentist and an oral surgeon in this capacity. For one, an oral surgeon is trained to remove the wisdom teeth using IV sedation, has a much deeper understanding of sedation, and knows how to administer it safely. Think of it this way, if receiving general anesthesia, wouldn’t you gain peace of mind in knowing that a highly specialized surgeon (and support team) is at your side to closely monitor your medication, breathing, temperature, fluids and blood pressure? Absolutely!

Simply put, a general dentist’s “bread and butter” is found with cleaning, cavity filling, and crown placement, whereas an oral surgeon’s is found in the removal of wisdom teeth and other highly specialized procedures. Having a specialist perform your wisdom tooth removal not only translates into a smoother procedure, it equates quicker recovery for you, the patient.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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Five Ways to Speed up Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

Five Ways to Speed up Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery

So removed your wisdom teeth and looking for some tips to speed up the recovery process? Well, the best way to recover from wisdom teeth removal extraction is to follow your dentists’ instructions strictly. Failing to do so can result in a painful recovery, including a dry socket.

If you have just undergone wisdom teeth removal, you may feel a bit discomfort right now. But, don’t worry, with plenty of rest and relaxation; you will be back on track. Do not avoid the procedure due to wisdom teeth removal cost Indianapolis because it may lead to several dental issues including pain, tooth decay, crowding, and oral cancer.

Manage Swelling:

Inflammation can happen when your body increases fluid and white blood cells to an injured area. Swelling accompanies inflammation. So don’t panic if your cheeks and surgical site are swelled, it is quite normal.

To reduce swelling, apply an ice pack in 20 minutes interval, and then remove it for the same amount of time. Wrap the ice pack in a protective cloth to protect the sensitive tissues.

Stop the Bleeding:

The Wisdom teeth removal cost Indianapolis is affordable, and there will be bleeding following your wisdom teeth removal. Your dentist will instruct you to hold clean gauze on the surgical site for thirty minutes after your procedure. If you are bleeding more, bite the gauze firmly for another half an hour before taking it off again. Make sure you replace it with fresh gauze.

Take Rest:

A blood clot is essential after the wisdom teeth removal. So make sure you don’t do any strenuous activity and other things that dislodge the clot. If the clot is dislodged then you may get a dry socket. Though it occurs rarely, it is advisable to prevent from getting dry socket.

Stick to Soft Diet:

Following after the surgery, stick to soft liquid diets like juices and soups. Do not use a straw; the sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot. Also, avoid hot and cold drinks.

Good nutrition is essential than ever as you begin the healing process, but also make sure you don’t put your healing wound in harm’s way when eating and drinking. Prepare ahead and stock your fridge with plenty of nutritious soft foods. You can go for scrambled eggs, veg purees, and white fish.

Monitor Your Symptoms:

As you embark on the healing process, you should get better day by day. Some may get a mild fever and some may not. If the fever is not reduced or bleeding does not subside or continue to swell, or experiencing a throbbing pain several days after the surgery, visit your oral surgeon in Indianapolis or dentist as early as possible. Don’t forget to take the antibiotics and other medicines prescribed by your dentist.

Do not worry about the cost of wisdom teeth removal Indianapolis. To get affordable wisdom teeth removal Indianapolis, you can choose payment plans and can claim the insurance.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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Top 3 Jaw Dropping Facts about TMJ Disorders

Top 3 Jaw Dropping Facts about TMJ Disorders

If your jaw is often painful, it locks or clicks when you open your mouth or you have frequent headaches, neck-aches or earaches, you might have TMJ dysfunction (TMJD).

Your TMJ (temporomandibular joints) are the two joints that connect your lower jaw to your upper jaw. If these joints are damaged or put under strain, you may feel pain in and around your jaw, especially when you use your jaw to chew, talk or yawn.

TMJ disorders are quite common, affecting up to 30 percent of the population, but they’re still more mysterious than other orofacial problems.

Here Are 3 Facts You Might Not Know About TMJD

#1 There’s No Single Cause

If you have an oral health problem like a cavity or bleeding gums, it’s obvious to your dentist what the cause is. Unfortunately, TMJ problems aren’t that straightforward.

TMJD usually involves the jaw joints being misaligned or damaged, but this can happen for many reasons. Some of the most common are:

  • dislocation, injury or trauma to your jaw
  • a misaligned bite leading to uneven pressure in your mouth
  • osteoarthritis
  • genetics
  • stress
  • teeth grinding or jaw clenching (bruxism).

Sometimes TMJ dysfunction happens for a combination of reasons. For example, if you grind your teeth when you feel stressed, this can cause your teeth to wear unevenly. It’s not always possible to know the primary cause of TMJ problem, which is why…

#2 There’s No Single Treatment

Pinpointing the cause of your TMJ disorder is vital for getting successful treatment. Since finding the cause can be tricky, treatment planning isn’t any easier. What’s more, there’s no consensus on whether certain treatments are effective in all cases.

TMJD is sometimes only temporary, and its symptoms may be managed with pain relief medication. If your TMJD may be caused by stress, trying to avoid stressful situations or practicing meditation could help take the strain off your jaw. Muscle relaxant treatment administered by your dentist may also be an option. It’s best to discuss the suitable treatment options with your dentist.

If there’s found to be a physical problem with your jaw joints or your bite, this may require treatment by a dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dental treatments include:

  • orthodontics to correct a misaligned bite
  • crowns to restore or lengthen worn teeth
  • a mouthguard or occlusal splint worn at night to prevent teeth grinding.

For more severe TMJ dysfunction, you may need oral surgery.

#3 Dentists May Diagnose TMJD

Even though the jaw joints aren’t usually covered by dentistry, your dentist may be more qualified than other medical practitioners to diagnose and treat TMJD. This is because there’s no widely accepted and standardised test to identify TMJ disorders, and your dentist may be more familiar with the underlying cause if it’s related to an oral health problem.

If you have TMJD symptoms such as toothache or jaw pain, your dentist will examine your mouth to check whether your teeth are misaligned, unevenly worn or show evidence of grinding. They can use this information to diagnose likely TMJD, rule out an oral health-related cause or diagnose a different condition with similar symptoms.

If you do have a TMJ disorder, your dentist may work together with your physician and other health and wellness professionals to cover all the bases and develop a holistic treatment plan.

Talk To A Dentist In Indianapolis

If you think you might have TMD or another oral health issue, make an appointment at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders, and we’ll work with you to develop the most suitable treatment plan.

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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